The uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic makes nonprofit strategic planning both more challenging and important than ever before. In addition to figuring out how to position nonprofits to sustain during the crisis, there is also great urgency for our sector to take bold action regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion. Beginning in August 2020, the Foundation will offer Bright Idea Fund Planning grants to nonprofit organizations working in the areas of arts & culture, environment, basic needs & self-sufficiency, community development, and nonprofit effectiveness for any of the types of planning processes:
Planning grants are intended to provide nonprofits with the resources needed to undergo a high-quality planning experience by paying for the help of an experienced consultant, facilitator, or trainer. Rather than focusing on traditional long-term strategic planning, we are encouraging nonprofits to focus on the types of planning outlined above.
Grant pays for consultant or facilitator expenses, typically up to $5,000. Grants will not cover the full cost of any planning/training process and generally will cover no more than 80% of the consultant/facilitator costs.
Planning grants are awarded year-round with a rolling deadline. The application must be submitted at least 30 calendar days prior to the start of the planning/training process.
The application is available in our online grant portal and under the “Grant Applicant” tab and search for “Bright Idea Fund Planning Grant” under “Available Grants.”
Questions? Want to discuss your proposal in advance? Schedule a virtual office appointment, Email Community Engagement Manager Carolyn Desrosiers or call 920.702.7625.
You may find the following resources helpful as you consider your planning process.