During a recent call we discussed some great strategies for assisting low-tech applicants and needs. A variety of methodology is being used to let applicants know the service is available (only if they ask, word of mouth, provide information in webinars, etc).
Our language is: If you do not have reasonable access to a computer or high speed internet connection or have other technology challenges, please contact....
What language and methodology are you using? How are you sharing it? Is it in your guidelines or on a "How to apply for and manage a grant" page? Or somewhere else?
BONUS QUESTIONS: Some of our programming (particularly small project grants to individual artists) is paid as a reimbursement (assures project happened, allows for collection of receipts, reduces risks associated with paying up front). The challenge is these individual artists are the ones who need the money up-front the most. So we are considering a "hardship" clause. "If receiving the funding as a reimbursement after the project is complete will be a hardship for you, please email staff for alternatives." My questions: 1. A better name? 2. Anyone else doing this? 3. Is it realistic to think anyone would admit to needing it up front?
Thank you to everyone who joined us today for our Grants Coffee Talk: Values-Based Grantmaking, Aligning Organizational Values with Grantmaking Practices! We are creating this discussion space here to continue the conversation. Please share your own thoughts and examples even if you didn't raise your hand today, we'd love to hear more about what you all are doing!
Does anyone have any experience asking scholarship donors to contribute to an emergency assistance fund?
Some background: We launched our emergency assistance fund for students in July. It's actually been quite popular with our donor-advised fundholders and is a nice value-add that we can offer to scholarship fundholders as all of their recipients are eligible. However, we'd love to have our scholarship donors contribute as well--where I'm getting stuck is if a transfer from Scholarship Fund A to the Student Assistance Fund would be IRS-approved. It is ultimately going to students, and there is a selection process in place (and no funds would be restricted to just recipients of Scholarship Fund A), but the funds would be making an internal transfer rather than going directly to a student first, if that makes sense. We haven't yet offered this contribution option to scholarship donors (some have made a separate gift in) but I'd like to, if it were possible.