Learn About the Common Grant Application - Applicant Benefits


Applicants spend a great deal of time identifying potential grantmakers that may be interested in funding their organization and programs; and then writing, submitting and managing applications, agreements, reports and payments. This effort typically involves executive directors, development officers, and grant writers in the grantseeking organization.

The Common Grant Application offers the following benefits:

  • Saves time and money – Save time and money identifying potential grantmakers and then writing, submitting and managing applications, agreements, reports and payments. Focus your development and fund raising activities on the organizations most likely to fund your activities.
  • Improves efficiency – Collect, organize, collate, manage and report information online and automatically. Reuse saved online information to submit applications for the same program to different grantmakers. Avoid many of the steps needed in the traditional and paper-intensive process of applying for grants.
  • Improves transparency and visibility – Share information about your organizational and programmatic interests and activities with grantmakers. Also share information about the progress and status of your organization and programs.
  • Improves communication and collaboration – Communicate, collaborate and share information between your staff and board members as well as between applicants and other grantmakers independent of time or geography.
  • Improves the grantmaking experience – Improve the consistency, responsiveness, timeliness, visibility and transparency of your grant management process. Present information about your organization and programs consistently. Monitor the real-time status of applications and respond to queries quickly.

The Common Grant Application can:

  • Save direct costs
  • Save opportunity costs
  • Provide greater visibility