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 can receive millions of dollars in funding, for a relatively small investment of administrative time.  

Small communities rarely have the budget, time, and personnel to take 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 grant projects
  • Manage and complete grant reporting
  • Break out all relevant information
  • 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

 

2017, 2016, 2015 “PowerUp” Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Weatherization and Repair Grant
Cost-free weatherization and repair services for LMI homeowners and residents of Talbot and Dorchester Counties.  Result = reduced utility cost and energy usage
Grantor: EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities
Amount Awarded: $775,000

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 Maryland Smart Energy Communities Program (MSEC)
Continued conversion of Town streetlights adds to Town savings annually
Grantor: Maryland Energy Administration
Amount Awarded: $155,000

2017 Maryland Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Rehab and retrofit of up to six homes in the Hill community of Easton to provide affordable housing.
Grantor: Department of Housing and Community Development
Amount Awarded: $800,000

2017, 2016  “ChopAWatt” Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Weatherization and Repair
Cost-free weatherization and repair services for LMI homeowners and Choptank Cooperative members.  Result = reduced utility cost and energy usage
Grantor: EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities
Amount Awarded: $600,000

2015-2017 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

2015 Community Windswept Program (Windswept)
$1.1 million for wind turbine to diversify clean energy portfolio of utility
Grantor: Maryland Energy Administration
Amount Awarded: $1,100,000 (deferred)