Question Preview: Net Grant ROI Calculation

How much does it cost your organization to apply for a grant? How much does it cost for your organization to manage an awarded grant? How do those numbers vary by funder type? How do you decide if your organization is going to be moving forward toward meeting its mission with the support of a grant? Big big questions! Each organization likely has their own net grant calculation even if they do not formally recognize the process they go through. Is that calculation right? Wrong? Is there a “right” or a “wrong?”

We’re going to be discussing the of a “net value of a grant” or a “net grant ROI calculation” during this upcoming week’s #grantchat with guest Dahna Goldstein (@philantech) of Philantech. If you have a blog post or have an article that you would like to share about the concept, we would love for you to do so in the comment section or by using the #grantchat on the social media network of your choice.

You can do a bit of pre-reading if you are interested by looking at a post from 2010 that Dahna wrote about The Cost of Managing Grants. This is clearly a topic she is very passionate about and has been something that she has been talking with colleagues about for a number of years. We can’t wait to engage the #grantchat community in the dialogue as well!

Q1: How do you define and/or calculate the net value of a grant? #grantchat

Q2: What do you think is the difference between a grant amount and the net value of that grant? #grantchat

Q3: Why do you think is it important to think about net grant value? #grantchat

Q4: Where do overhead and indirect costs come into play when you think about net value of a grant? #grantchat

Q5: When do you think you/your employer/client should you decide to not pursue a grant? #grantchat

Q6: How does calculating net grant amount impact how you think about your grant pipeline?  #grantchat

Q7: How can you talk to other people in your organization about when not to pursue a grant that might seem attractive? #grantchat

Q8: What are some ways that you can increase the net grant value of the grants for which you are applying? #grantchat

Q9: How well do funders understand the distinction between grant amount and net grant amount? #grantchat

Q10: What questions related to net grant amounts should you ask funders? #grantchat

Looking forward to having you join @Grant_Chat with guest Dahna Goldstein (@philantech) of Philantech and our co-moderators Diane Leonard (@dianehleonard), Jo Miller (@jm_grants) with@smartegrants and @GPANational on 2/3 at 12pm EST!


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