The Directors of the Chisholm Foundation consider these factors, among others, in evaluating grant proposals:
  1. Purpose and Objectives: What is the specific need or problem addressed by the project? How will the project contribute to a solution?
  2. Selection: Why has your organization decided to work on this problem? Is the proposed project compatible with the mandate of your organization? What other organizations, if any, are addressing the problem or will be cooperating with you on this endeavor?
  3. Plan and Budget: What are the specific steps and financial resources necessary to complete the project, and over what time frame?
  4. Oversight: Who will manage the project? Will the project require the addition of new staff or other resources?
  5. Evaluation: How will the progress and benefits of the project be measured? Will there be an objective, external evaluation by a consultant or advisory committee to determine the success of the project?
  6. Board of Directors: Was the board of your organization involved in the development of this plan, and have they formally approved it? How will your board be involved in project management? Have they evaluated how this project will affect the future of your organization?
  7. Financing: How much of the funding of the project be provided internally? Have commitments been made by other grant makers? To what other funding sources have proposals been submitted? When the project is completed, will internal financial resources be available to support the results?
  8. Outcomes: How will the results of the project be used within your organization? How will the results of the project be shared with others in the field and the general public?
  9. Reporting: If a grant is approved, what periodic progress reports and accounting of expenditures will be provided? Who will be responsible for these?
Last Updated Jun 8, 2010