With the federal competitive grants competitions moving into high gear, the Education Dept. is reminding applicants that most of the competitions will allow applicants to use volunteer services to meet the funding match that some grants require.
Federal matching requirements can be the most troublesome and onerous mandate nonprofits will face when competing for grants available in the federal funding stream. To help, DoEd has posted a series of tips on how groups can meet the match requirement.
The guidance also includes a list of potential funders who may help a nonprofit meet the matching requirement. This network of private sources has grown substantially in the last few years. It attempts to match the needs of the applicant with funding available in the broader philanthropic universe.
This includes the Foundation Registry i3, created by 12 national foundations in 2010 to simplify the process for eligible applicants seeking matching foundation funds for i3 applications. Currently, 70 foundations participate in the Foundation Registry i3. Eligible applicants may register their i3 application on the Foundation Registry i3 website, which will make their proposals accessible and viewable to all participating member foundations.