Federal Grants: How to Calculate Local Match

Some federal grants provide a portion of the total funds necessary to operate a project and require recipients to match the federal share of funding with local support (matching funds). The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provided instructions and examples to applicants in a recent competition on how to calculate the amount of match […]

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Challenge Grants Stimulate Giving

Challenge grants issued by grant makers can provide the final thrust to wrapping up a major campaign. For readers unfamiliar with a challenge grant, Wikipedia defines them as follows: “Challenge grants are funds dispersed by one party (the Grant Maker), usually a Government Agency, Corporation, Foundation or Trust, (sometimes anonymously) typically to a non-profit entity […]

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Audit Findings and Grant Reviews

Why do foundations ask to see an audit report? What are they looking for in the report? What can an organization do when it does not have an audit report to send? It is standard procedure for foundations to request a copy of an organization’s most recent annual audit report as part of the grant […]

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Repurposing Existing Private-Sector Funds

SAMPLE LETTER #6: Repurposing Existing Private-Sector Funds   Highest- Rated Applicant letterhead (Date) Dear US Department of Education, We are pleased to confirm that we will repurpose existing private-sector funds (monies our organization has raised in the past but not yet expended) over (# of years) totaling $XXX,000 for the project (insert project name) as […]

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Commitment of In-Kind Contribution

SAMPLE LETTER #4: Commitment of In-Kind Contribution (Specific Service)   Private-Sector Entity Letterhead (Date) Dear (Highest-Rated Applicant), We are pleased to confirm that we will provide in-kind contributions of a value totaling (amount in dollars) for your project (project name) as proposed for funding under the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund. […]

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Private-Sector Funder Commitment Letter

SAMPLE LETTER #1: Private-Sector Funder Commitment Letter (Simple)   Private-Sector Entity Letterhead (Date) Dear (Highest-Rated Applicant), The (Private-Sector Entity) is pleased to provide a (# of years) grant of $(amount) to (Highest- Rated Applicant) for the project (insert project name) as outlined in the proposal to the US Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) […]

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