Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Posted by: Kathy Brunot, CGMS, GPC
The year 2020 started off strong with hopes the new decade would bring new opportunities for grant seekers to help deliver programs that help communities thrive. However, by late February the world started experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This event rocked nations at their core and impacted every sector of the economy. The world as we knew it was changed forever.
As the world’s economies struggled to react and make changes, the nonprofit world felt some of the most staggering blows as the demands for their services skyrocketed. Individuals and families who at one time contributed to their funding suddenly became clients. This situation was compounded by the fact that funding streams at the federal level were impacted when funding was diverted to COVID-19 relief efforts. This left many nonprofits scrambling to stay afloat and keep their doors open. This also left many wondering where to look for help.
As grant writers and grant managers, we all know strong programs use collaboration with partners to successfully create and manage grant programs. Grant programs require a team of individuals with specific talents to create quality programs. Larger communities tend to have more resources that they can draw from than smaller communities, but each community has something to offer. I have had the opportunity to work in the private, public, nonprofit and higher education sectors. They all have unique needs, but they can use many of the same resources in their programs. I have compiled a list of resources that I have used in programs I have worked with throughout my career.
Regional Planning Commissions/Councils
State Department of Community Affairs
Chamber of Commerce
Local Leadership Programs
Boys & Girls Clubs
Habitat for Humanity
Greek Fraternities and Sororities at universities and colleges
Small Business Development Centers
Other Faith-based organizations
Community nonprofit organizations
Main Street Programs
Tax Credit programs
Other civic organizations such as:
This is just a short list to get the ideas flowing and spur your own creativity. Social media plays a big role in grants these days and most nonprofits have a presence on multiple platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to promote what they do. Each of us knows at least one person who can lend help with special projects, and they probably know of more people who can help with other initiatives. For most communities, this is similar to a giant puzzle we are all working on to address a myriad of community needs. The picture will never be complete as there will always be community needs. The players will come and go, and the programs will change.
Our mission, should we choose to accept it—where do I fit in the picture? And, what can I do to link these organizations with the resources they need?
Author Bio: Kathy Brunot, CGMS, GPC, is currently the Grants Manager for Finance and Operations Grants at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prior to this position she has also worked in both the public and non-profit sectors.
Theme: Planning & Prioritizing
GPC Competency: 03. Knowledge of strategies for effective program and project design and development