FAQs (Applicant) - Overview

What types of funding can I seek using the Common Grant Application?

The types of funding that you can seek will depend entirely on the interests of the grantmakers that register with this Website. Some types of grants that grantmakers may be interested in making include: operating grants, program grants, direct grants, program related investments, etc. Some of the causes that grantmakers may be interested in supporting include: Arts, culture, humanities; Disaster relief; Education; Environment, animals; Health; Human services; Income; International or Foreign Affairs; Public benefit, society benefit; Religion; Science, technology; Social science, public policy; etc. More specific information about the types of funding and causes registered grantmakers may support is available by clicking the Applicants tab above.

Can an applicant access or copy and re-use any of their previous applications?

All successfully submitted applications and the real-time status of those applications is always visible to the applicant for review.

We support a number of ways to describe and maintain programs. Each program is described by a set of background, staff and budget information along with a set of uploaded documents specific to the program. The applicant can describe and maintain information for a single program, different versions of the same program or multiple, different programs. Programs may be copied to new programs, or to new versions of the same programs. Each of these new programs or versions may be edited and maintained separately from all other programs. This flexibility allows the applicant to reuse the same information for different grantmakers or use different information for different grantmakers.

Can an applicant submit the same application to more than one grantmaker?

The applicant creates an application by selecting a program, and a grantmaker that the selected program will be submitted to as an application. This process is repeated for each application. The applicant may easily reuse the same organization and program information to submit the same application to different grantmakers.

What is the workflow model for an applicant?

The system uses a non-linear workflow model for the applicant. The applicant may register on the Website and then enter their organizational and program information in any order and over any time frame they wish. Any information that has been entered and saved or any documents that have been uploaded will always be available for future use or applications. The applicant may also research and review grantmakers, funding interests, guidelines and deadlines at their own discretion. Once a grantmaker has been identified, the applicant may submit an application through a few simple sequential steps. Applications will not be submitted by the system to grantmakers unless they contain the grantmaker's required information and pass the grantmaker's funding interests and other filtering criteria. Changes in the status of the application are reported automatically to the applicant by email and updated on the Website in real-time.

Can applicants update information about their organization and program(s)?

Applicants can maintain information about their organization as well as information about one or more of their organization's programs. This information can then be submitted to one or more grantmakers as an application. The information may be reused and does not need to be re-entered for each application.

The applicant may enter the following individual and organization contact information: name, mailing address, phone, fax, email, Web address, etc. The applicant can also provide similar information for their fiscal agent (if any). The applicant may enter the following organization information: mission, history, names and titles of key staff, tax identification number, non-profit status, year established, Web listings, detailed staffing information for 1 to 5 years, detailed budget information (income and expense and balance sheets) for 1 to 5 years and other information. The applicant may enter the following program information: name or title of the program or project, focus area, Web address, amount and type of funding requested, requested grant cycle, geographic location and scope, short description, general description, goals and objectives, why it is important, activities that will be performed, outcomes, detailed staffing information for 1 to 5 years, detailed budget information (income and expense sheets) for 1 to 5 years and other information. The applicant may also upload documents for the organization as well as for each separate program.

Can an applicant maintain information for more than one of their programs?

We support a number of ways to describe and maintain programs. Each program is described by a set of background, staff and budget information along with a set of uploaded documents specific to the program. The applicant can describe and maintain information for a single program, different versions of the same program or multiple, different programs. Programs may be copied to new programs, or to new versions of the same programs. Each of these new programs or versions may edited and maintained separately from all other programs. This flexibility allows the applicant to reuse the same information for different grantmakers or use different information for different grantmakers.

Can an applicant start, leave and then continue filling out an application?

Applicants can maintain information about their organization as well as information about one or more of their organization's programs. Applicants may enter their organizational and program information in any order and over any time frame they wish. The information may be reused and does not need to be re-entered for each application. An applicant creates an application by selecting a program, and a grantmaker that the selected program will be submitted to as an application. The system automatically binds together the organization and program information to construct an application when it is successfully submitted to the grantmaker. This method allows maximum flexibility and re-use of the information.

Can the applicant view all of the application questions before they start filling out the application?

All standard questions are visible to the applicant at all times. Supplemental questions are viewable as needed. To view supplemental questions for a particular grantmaker, the applicant selects the grantmaker, and that grantmaker's supplemental questions then become visible. All questions may be viewed before any information is entered. Applicants may enter their organizational and program information in any order and over any time frame they wish. Any information that has been entered and saved or any documents that have been uploaded will always be available for future use or applications.