Evaluation Criteria

We take the grant review process very seriously.  Each proposal that fits our priorities and meets our minimum requirements is carefully read, researched and evaluated against the following criteria.  Proposals fully meeting the criteria are compared to each other in order to determine how best to invest our limited resources. We can not fund all of the excellent proposals that fully meet our evaluation criteria.

Successful applicants will demonstrate:

1. Fit with one or more of the Carolyn Foundation funding priorities.

See guidelines for funding related to Children & Youth

See guidelines for funding related to Community Vitality

2. A compelling community need and a credible plan to meet that need.

Clearly explain the need/issue that you are addressing and provide best practice models and/or logic models that demonstrate why and how the chosen approach will work.

3. Qualified Staff & Organization Leadership.

Provide information regarding staff skills, experiences and prior success and provide a list of the applicant’s Board of Trustees. Describe staff training and professional development process.

4. Systemic alignment within the community.

Explain the relation to and distinction from other similar and/or cooperating agencies.

5.  Sound fiscal policies, management & financial health.

Provide required financial information including past, committed and anticipated sources of financial support.

6. Solid outcomes and evaluation processes.

Provide clear outcome measures and a detailed plan for evaluation of the results of the proposed project including performance measures.

 

Review our online application questions to see the information we request to assess an organization’s fit with our priorities. To do this: log into the online application system, click “Apply” at the top of your page, “Preview” under the program you’d like to review, and “Question List” at the top right.