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Grants to Michigan and Ohio Nonprofits in Eligible Regions to Strengthen Capacity and Service Delivery

Strategic Alliance Partnership


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Geographic Focus
USA: Michigan: Southeast MichiganOhio: Northwest Ohio

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/15/24
Deadline: 03/20/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Michigan and Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to enhance the effectiveness of local nonprofit organizations. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support collaborations among local nonprofits that will ultimately build capacity and improve service delivery. The Foundation serves northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan with a particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area.

Effective nonprofit organizations are vital to the healthy development and quality of life in the community. Challenges and opportunities for growth are diverse, complex and often best addressed through multi-disciplinary and multi-organizational approaches.

The Strategic Alliance Partnership was created to support the exploration and formation of collaborations that would enable Toledo area nonprofits to achieve more efficient use of financial and human resources. The Strategic Alliance Partnership encourages community-level systems thinking to strengthen nonprofit capacity and improve service delivery. Since the process of forming partnerships can be complicated, the Strategic Alliance Partnership will make funds available for non-recurring costs associated with feasibility studies, professional or technical assistance fees, as well as staff and board training. Qualified applicant organizations must have a demonstrated track record in providing quality services, board and staff support from all participating organizations for the alliance and the organizational capacity to carry out the proposed project successfully.

Goals of Strategic Alliance Partnership funding:

  • To create economies of scale among nonprofits, resulting in cost savings and/or service enhancements (e.g. shared administrative services, shared staff to serve common constituencies, costs related to mergers).
  • To strengthen infrastructure, management capacity and/or service delivery systems by supporting alliances among nonprofit organizations.
  • To encourage collaborative partnerships that employ comprehensive strategies to strengthen community systems (such as improved education, employment, housing and/or health).

Previously funded grant proposals included requests for:

  • Consultants and expert advice on mergers and/or consolidations of two or more organizations.
  • Consultation and implementation for new and improved service delivery systems.
  • Information technology assistance to consolidate “back office” operations (e.g. financial systems, equipment).
  • Assistance with creation of shared benefit packages, policies, training and other human resources costs.
  • Expertise creating coordinated communication systems and advocacy strategies.
  • Purchase, installation and training of automated systems for use by multiple partners.
  • Planning and implementation of shared staffing.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Toledo area nonprofits may apply.

The following activities are not eligible for support through this initiative:
• Projects designed to replace staff lines in individual organizations undergoing funding cuts.
• Projects designed to strengthen the management capacity of individual organizations in isolation.
• Funding for start-up programs for individual or partnering organizations.
• Grant funds may not be used to cover project expenses incurred prior to the Foundation’s receipt of the signed and dated grant agreement.

Pre-Application Information
- Letters of Inquiry: February 15 and September 15
- Full Proposals: March 20 and October 20

The Strategic Alliance Partnership employs a two-step application process. Step one is the submission of a letter of intent. Step two is submission of the full proposal. Full proposals are by invitation only following review of the letters of intent. Both letters of intent and full proposals must be submitted through the Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s online application process. Letters of intent and full proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. of the application deadline in order to be considered for funding.

The Strategic Alliance Partnership strongly encourages pre-application meetings or phone conferences to discuss potential requests for funding.

Term of Contract
It is unusual for a grant award to cover a period of several years; grant requests are generally funded for one year.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For further information, or to discuss a possible submission, please contact:
Christine Dziad, Program Officer
Greater Toledo Community Foundation
300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 241-5049

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