We strive to achieve positive results in our work to expand knowledge and improve lives in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. One way we measure our impact is through grantmaking.
As a part of our commitment to increase our impact and strengthen relationships with our grantees and partners, we have improved our process for grant making and managing grants and contracts.
Stage 1: Concept Development
Program staff identify ideas and concepts in support of our strategic priorities. When an idea or concepts is sufficiently formed, a program officer begins outreach to potential applicants.
Stage 2: Pre-proposal
Program staff use a variety of means to explore and refine a concept with organizations in the field.
Direct Solicitation: When we know a particular organization is well-suited to do the work, we reach our to the organization directly to request a grant inquiry or proposal.
- Discussion and dialog: Program staff may invite the organization to join discussions to think through a concept, and explore the organization's interest and capacity to undertake the work.
- Grant Inquiry: When we think it would be beneficial to have an idea written up, we invite applicants to submit a grant inquiry outlining specific ideas or concepts for the work.
- Request for proposal (RFP): When we want to broaden our network or fund multiple organizations for a project, we solicit RFPs directed to specific organization who are invited to apply.
Stage 3: Proposal Development
We provide the relevant guidelines and templates for applicants to use when developing a proposal, budget, and outcomes framework.