managing the number of applications per quarter
I am a new grants administrator for a small community foundation. The foundation currently accepts applications quarterly, but the number of applications received varies a lot and some quarters, the Grants Committee (3 board members and the foundation ED) complains that there are too many to review. They would like 15 - 20 max.
Are there some strategies that other smaller foundations use to manage the number of applications per quarter? Or are foundations moving away from quarterly giving, maybe for that reason? A couple of other foundations in our state give once a year, then have other smaller pots of money ($500 - $1,000) that organizations can apply for on a rolling basis.