Grantmaking Best Practices

Grantmaking Best Practices:

  • Provide grant dollars for general operating support to organizations.
  • Provide grant dollars for individuals; scholars and artists who are entrepreneurs, innovators, educators, and creatives broadly defined, who may also pass on cultural traditions from one generation to the next.
  • Provide grant dollars for lifelong learning in the arts and humanities by supporting education in the schools, addressing core academic standards, promoting critical thinking and creativity skills for all age groups; early childhood, youth, adults and seniors, supporting after-school/out-of-school programs.
  • Provide grant dollars for organizations and projects that benefit marginalized groups and underserved communities broadly defined.
  • Provide grant dollars for advocacy and/or, organizing, and civic engagement to promote equity, opportunity and justice in our society.
  • Conduct open panel review, ensuring all applications are reviewed by a diverse group of experts with broad knowledge of the specific types of projects, individuals and organizations that are qualified to receive funding.
  • Evaluate risk posed by the applicant prior to making awards, including attention to past performance on grants, meeting reporting deadlines, compliance with terms and conditions, audit findings, etc.
  • Offer applicants assistance by both providing guidance on how to navigate the application process and feedback on declined applications.
  • Ensure that the time to apply for and report on the grant is commensurate with grant size.
  • Maintain engaged staff and board who include among them a diversity of perspectives and expertise.
  • Maintain policies and practices that support ethical behavior.
  • Disclose information freely to the public.