Program: A program is defined as an effort intended to improve the understanding of a topic(s) or issue(s) of importance to the health, happiness, and/or well-being of our community, or an ongoing, interactive effort to address a target community's need(s) by providing individuals with access to services that will improve their health, happiness, and well-being.
Program proposal that we encourage:
- Applications for seed money for new programs or new dimensions to existing ones;
- Applications for transitional funds for programs that have recently lost a secure source of funding and have a proven record of meeting community needs.
- Collaborative efforts among multiple agencies to address high priority community needs
Project: A project is defined as an effort to advance the effectiveness and/or operational growth of an applicant agency, or a program or initiative sponsored by the application through the acquisition of material and human resources and technology.
Project proposals that we encourage
- Proposals for resources to significantly enhance an agency’s ability to operate effectively or improve services;
- Proposals that are integral to the success of new or existing program;
- Proposals for resources associated with new or newly renovated facilities.
Evaluation will be based on whether the program/project…
- Is likely to positively affect a high-priority, high impact community need
- Effectively benefit an agency’s clients
- Adequately address sustainability beyond the Foundation’s grant
- Has a clearly defined strategy to assess goals and outcomes
- Provides an adequate realistic strategy to assess goals and outcomes
- Provides an adequate, realistic timeline for completion
- Documents reasonable efforts to obtain other sources of funding
- Collaboration to reduce program costs
- Includes an investment of labor and/or funds from the applicant agency
- Has social benefits that are proportional to its expenses
Not Normally funded Through Discretionary Grants:
- Multiple projects from an organization during the same year
- Advertising, public relations, media events, or expense
- Individual conferences and trips
- Agencies with taxing authority
- Public, private, or charter schools (See Grant Programs – Education)
- Scholarships (See Scholarships)
- Umbrella agencies for the purpose of re-granting
- Sectarian religious agencies unless event or activity is open to other denominations
- Deficit financing
- Routine operating expenses
- Political lobbying efforts or campaigns
- Organizations located outside Wayne County
Generally, in order for grants to be reviewed in a timely fashion the following quarterly due dates should be followed: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.