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Fundraising Coaching Microgrants

Applications for Fundraising Coaching Microgrants are open from July 19-29, 2021. The form is limited in length to accommodate the brief application window.

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Which Applications Are Eligible? 

Fundraising Coaching Microgrants seek to build capacity and offer support for mid-career fundraising professionals serving Chicagoland Jewish organizations. A $2,500 monetary award used by the applicant towards customized one-on-one support from a coach will be available for training in areas including but not limited to: 

  • strategic donor communication and storytelling,
  • stewarding new donors through the ‘next normal’,
  • cultivating and managing your portfolio,
  • innovative strategies for philanthropic engagement, or
  • management and leadership skills. 

Who Can Apply?

  • Professionals serving Jewish Chicagoland organizations with current 501(c)(3) status as well as fiscally sponsored organizations (with appropriate documentation). 
  • Chicago-based representatives of national organizations are eligible to apply.  
  • Professionals who serve in an informal capacity or who are newly stepping into a fundraising role are encouraged to apply.
  • Up to two applications per organization will be considered.

What Does the Application Process Look Like?

Applications for funding are open July 19-29, 2021. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, we are not able to support every professional who applies. Up to two applications per organization will be considered. Boardified staff may be in touch with clarifying questions during the review process, and will notify you regarding the status of your application by late August. 

If you are awarded a microgrant, we will ask you to complete a form and submit a few documents on behalf of your organization, including a signed grant agreement, an IRS determination letter (affirming 501(c)3 status), a W9, and organizational ACH transfer information to process disbursement of funds.

What are the Reporting Requirements?

At the beginning of your grant period, we ask that you:

  • Coordinate your coaching schedule to conclude hours within four months of confirmed receipt of funds;
  • Use the funds as intended in the application. A request for an extension, rollover of unspent funds or using funds for a different purpose must be submitted in writing to the TAC (technicalassistance@boardified.org) for approval. 

At the conclusion of your grant period, we ask that you:

  • Submit a proof of invoice or receipt for any services rendered.
  • Fill out a brief evaluation survey about how you used the funds.

Synagogue Technology Microgrants

Applications for Synagogue Technology Microgrants were open from June 21 – July 1, 2021 and are now closed. The information below is for reference.

Which Applications Are Eligible? 

Synagogue Technology Microgrants seek to build technology capacity and offer support for Chicagoland congregations where they interface directly with their congregants or constituents. This includes equipment purchase or rentals, services or systems up to $2,000 towards:

  • live-streaming or recording;
  • personnel to assist with operating technology during services or holidays;
  • a consulting assessment of technological capacity and systems integration, or
  • other congregant-facing technology needs in a congregational setting. 

Reimbursements of past equipment purchases or rentals, services or systems are eligible for a microgrant, as long as they meet the above criteria and were purchased after April 1, 2021. 

Who Can Apply?

To apply for a microgrant, synagogues must serve the Jewish community in the Chicagoland area and possess current 501(c)(3) status. Fiscally sponsored congregations are eligible to apply and must provide appropriate documentation. Synagogues who have received a previous TAC microgrant are also eligible to apply. Priority will be given to those who have participated in TAC offerings (i.e., community/cohort learning opportunities), however synagogues who have not participated are still eligible to apply. 

What Does the Application Process Look Like?

Applications for funding are open June 21 – July 1, 2021. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, we are not able to support every congregation that applies. Only one application per congregation will be considered.  Boardified staff may be in touch with clarifying questions during the review process, and will notify you regarding the status of your application latest in early August. 

If you are awarded a microgrant, we will ask you to complete a form, including a signed grant agreement, an IRS determination letter (affirming 501(c)3 status), a W9, and ACH transfer information to process disbursement of funds.

What are the Reporting Requirements?

At the beginning of your grant period, we ask that you:

  • Spend the microgrant within three months of confirmed receipt of funds;
  • Use the funds as intended in the application. A request for an extension, rollover of unspent funds or using funds for a different purpose must be submitted in writing to the TAC (technicalassistance@boardified.org) for approval. 

At the conclusion of your grant period, we ask that you:

  • Submit a proof of invoice or receipt for any services or purchases rendered. If your organization is seeking reimbursement for past expenses, we encourage you to submit this information ahead of funds being disbursed; 
  • Fill out a brief evaluation survey, outlining the funds’ impact on your organization and any other needs you may have.

Consulting Support

To help organizations meet immediate, unique needs brought on by the pandemic, we are now accepting applications for one-on-one consulting support. Through this matching program, TAC connects organizations with vetted service providers to work through specific operational challenges brought on or accelerated by the pandemic. Organizations will be awarded a certain number of hours to partner with their consultants and accomplish the goals they set with them (typically approximately 10-20 hours). Please note that this engagement is intended to be limited in scope to help address a specific need and/or to provide additional short-term expertise.

Organizations can apply for one-on-one consulting support in up to three of the following areas:

  • Financial Planning and Modeling
  • Scenario Planning
  • Capacity-Building Assistance
  • Senior Staff/Board Coaching
  • Legal Consultation
  • Technology and Communications Consultation
  • Fundraising Support

To apply for and receive one-on-one consulting support, organizations must meet the below criteria. Priority will be given to organizations who have participated in other TAC offerings (i.e., community/cohort learning opportunities).

Organizations must:

  • Serve the Jewish community in the Chicagoland area and possess a current 501(c)(3) status. Organizations who are fiscally sponsored are also eligible but must provide appropriate documentation.
  • Request assistance for challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Request assistance that is limited in scope and does not support an ongoing need (e.g., long-term strategic planning or staff position) or capital expenditure.
  • Have the capacity to work with a consultant and dedicate time and resources to the engagements.
  • Approach the consultant with openness and have institutional readiness to execute the consultant’s advice in a timely fashion.
  • Have board and senior staff support of the engagement.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, we are not able to support every organization that applies.

To apply, please send completed applications to technicalassistance@boardified.org. Once we receive your application, we will confirm receipt and notify you of next steps. We may schedule an intake conversation to ask clarifying questions and further understand your needs. You can expect to receive a status update on your application approximately two weeks after you have submitted it.

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If you have other questions, please contact us at technicalassistance@boardified.org.

To apply, please send completed applications to technicalassistance@boardified.org. Once we receive your application, we will confirm receipt and notify you of next steps. We may schedule an intake conversation to ask clarifying questions and further understand your needs. You can expect to receive a status update on your application approximately two weeks after you have submitted it.

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