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Award Criteria

Organizations that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for an Assessment Award:
  1. Existence for at least three years with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status (i.e. three years past the date on the IRS advance ruling letter);
  2. A demonstrated track record of service or show promise in effectively providing services needed by the community;
  3. Maintain their primary office in the state of Montana and serve the entire state, a neighborhood, town, city, county, or multi-county region, in the state of Montana;
  4. Provide a majority (over 50%) of your services to people within the state of Montana; and
  5. Participation in the last 12 months in other capacity-building activities, including one or more of the following:
    • Membership in a state or professional association that addresses issues of governance, leadership and management (at least as part of its services). Examples include the Montana Nonprofit Association, or an association related to the work your organization in which your organization is involved.
    • Participation in a conference, workshop or other learning opportunity that addressed issues of governance, leadership and management.
    • Engaging a consultant to address an issue related to governance, leadership and/or management.
The MNC review committee will consider applications from organizations that have not participated in one of the above activities if there is a clear and compelling need, such as an internal or external event or change that leads the organization to consider capacity-building at this time.

Funding Criteria:
Assessment Awards will be awarded based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate that:
  1. The organization is working on critical community issues and/or is reaching a significant number of under-served people.
  2. The organization’s board and staff are committed to conducting the assessment and priority-setting process; have a desire to implement recommended improvements; are willing to engage in follow-up activities; and will provide advice and mentoring to other organizations seeking MNC grants.
  3. The organizational environment is conducive to working with a consultant, including stable leadership, board/staff consensus on the needs and desired outcomes, and the absence of imminent organizational crises.
Receipt of an Assessment Award from MNC does not prevent an organization from applying for, or receiving, financial support from any of the sponsoring funding sources/foundations for other purposes.