Successful grant execution is a highly-detailed exercise in creating relationships, managing complex projects, and tracking paperwork, dates, and deliverables.  The benefits however, can be huge!  If executed efficiently, an organization may receive millions of dollars in no-cost funding, for a relatively small investment of administrative time.  

Rural communities rarely have the budget, time, and personnel to take full advantage of these opportunities or if they do; resource constraints force them to fit grant administration into the job description of existing staff members sometimes resulting in overwhelm, lost funding, and a soured relationship with the granting agency.

Many larger organizations staff a dedicated grant administrator, but smaller organizations, that are often in much greater need of the grant funding, don’t have the budget for a full-time person.  

Proposal:

Eleventh House will

  • Search, write, and/or manage grants
  • Manage and complete grant reporting
  • Break out all relevant information and illuminate and organize all details of the grants 
  • Identify and highlight critical path issues
  • Clarify responsibilities 
  • Clearly identify deliverables and due dates

Grant Project Phases

  • Search for grants 
  • Present a grant prospectus for Go/NoGo
  • Vet the “Go” grants to determine specific requirements and viability
  • Produce project proposal
  • Write grant applications
  • Administer grants
  • Provide follow up

Fees:

  • Fees are broken out into phases to maximize flexibility.  
  • Each phase can be billed separately but the best value lies in maintaining an ongoing relationship. 
  • If the grant allows for administrative fees (which many do), fees may be covered 100% by the grant.  

Select Current and Recent Grants

 

Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Weatherization and Repair Grants
Cost-free weatherization and repair services for LMI homeowners and residents. Result = Reduced utility costs and energy usage
Grantor: EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities
Amount Awarded: $1.4M

Maryland Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Rehab and retrofit of homes in "The Hill" community of Easton to provide affordable housing for LMI residents.  Also: Construction of a Senior Center located within a YMCA built on the grounds of a High School.
Grantor: Department of Housing and Community Development
Amount Awarded: $1.6M

Community Windswept Program (Windswept)
$1.1 million for wind turbine to diversify clean energy portfolio of utility
Grantor: Maryland Energy Administration
Amount Awarded: $1.1M 

Maryland Smart Energy Communities Program (MSEC)
Continued conversion of Town streetlights to LED adds to Town savings annually
Grantor: Maryland Energy Administration
Amount Awarded: $154,000

Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund (SDSGIF)
Acquisition and architectural/engineering drawings for up to six homes in the Hill community of Easton to provide affordable homeownership housing.
Grantor: Department of Housing and Community Development
Amount Awarded: $200,000