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Grant-In-Aid Public Discussion

Posted By John Baker, Friday, November 8, 2013

Hi All –  

I was among many of your nonprofit colleagues at the Delaware General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) meeting Thursday on the topic of Grant-In-Aid (GIA) and their discussion of developing the application and award process into one that uses more online technology and is outcomes and impact focused. This is something that they have talked about for many years and plan to moved forward on this time around. The committee Chairs have talked with a number of funders that have moved their thinking in this direction, including the United Way of Delaware, Longwood Foundation, and the Delaware Community Foundation. Based on earlier meetings, as well as today's meeting, the committee has agreed to work on a plan that will be presented to the full Joint Finance Committee in June of 2014 for acceptance. 

Between now and June 2014, the committee members will be working with the Controllers Office GIA staff, the funding community, and the nonprofits that receive GIA to identify focus areas, desired outcome measures for "collective impact”, and indicators that will be used to measure / show progress toward outcomes and "collective impact."

The JFC will be planning capacity building programming to get all GIA applicants up to speed in preparing for the new 2016 applications (due November 2015). This will be similar to the capacity building that the United Way did when they moved to their new application process. 

The Joint Finance Committee’s goal is to have their recommendations in place and voted on to include in the epilogue language of the 2015 GIA Bill. This epilogue language will give future applicants a road map for how the new system will be implemented over the next two years. The new system will ideally be fully operational by your 2016 Grant-In-Aid application that will be due in the beginning of November 2015 for the 2016 State Budget. 

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.

-John

Tags:  budget  General Assembly  Grant-in-Aid  Joint Finance Committee  nonprofits 

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