Incomplete Grant Applications Are No Laughing Matter
Online Application Software Increases Qualification Rates
Bill Gates enters heaven. St. Pete shows him the tiny cottage he will stay in. He decides to explore the area, and finds out the captain of the Titanic is living in an enormous mansion. Bill asks St. Pete about this, and St. Pete says...
Well, what is the punch line? What a disappointment when someone forgets part of the joke. There are only two basic parts to remember for any joke: the set-up and the punchline. Forgetting the punchline is kind of like an applicant neglecting to complete all of the required information for a grant request.
Like a bad comedian, applicants may not realize how important the punchline, or rather the required information is for the reviewers to make informed decisions and fairly award recipients. Maybe you have had a situation similar to one of these:
- A needy student submits an application for financial support, but forgets to include the required financial statement. Disqualified.
- An art group requests a grant for a community art show, but skips the form field that requires their 501(c)3 information. Ineligible.
- A cancer support group is organizing a fundraiser walk-a-thon; however, they did not provide the required event expense worksheet with their application. Disallowed.
It is no joke that a lot of time, money, and energy is spent attempting to track down incomplete application information. Even worse is the fact that deserving applicants are often disqualified due to missing information.
Foundations can significantly increase qualification rates by incorporating an online software application process that requires all necessary form fields to be completed and support documentation to be attached before it can be submitted. In other words, an online process that requires the applicant to complete the joke.
Bromelkamp Company's eGrant.net online grant and scholarship application software has helped organizations like Branch County Community Foundation increase their application acceptance rate to 99%. Read their case study to learn how they accomplished this, and what they are able to do now with the many hours they have saved managing the application process.
Oh yeah, and in case you were wondering, here is the complete joke:
Bill Gates enters heaven. St. Pete shows him the tiny cottage he will stay in. He decides to explore the area, and finds out the captain of the Titanic is living in an enormous mansion. Bill asks St. Pete about this, and St. Pete says, "Even the captain of the Titanic only crashed once."