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