DREAM BIG GRANT

What is A “Dream Big” Technology Grant?

Nonprofit staff, boards and volunteer advisors often brainstorm great ideas but lack the resources to follow through with them because they are so overwhelmed with day-to-day mission delivery and existing SOPs. What if there was a better, simpler way available by applying the latest technology to your nonprofit’s operation to alleviate non-client supporting duties?

The Dream Big technology grant is designed to apply great ideas and successful practices regularly used by businesses to make strides in their markets and creatively apply them to nonprofit organizations to help them with their missions and better serve their “customers” at shelters, food pantries, career centers, after-school programs and more. Could you do more client-facing service if you saved time absorbed by manual administrative processes? Could you use systems and technology to improve client tracking and outcome measurements, donor management, and “talking” to each other about how to better serve your communities?

This is one of the few grant opportunities focus on nonprofits getting and using software technologies (plus IT hours) to help fulfill their missions. Last year several transformational projects were awarded between $8,000 and $24,000– and it all starts by completing the online grant application.

To learn how past recipients have used this grant, click here  >>

How to Apply?

Go to your state’s page to learn more about the process, eligibility, and timeline by state. Completing the online application will take about 20-25 minutes – some people completed it in less time.

80/20 Matching Grant

Dream Big Technology Grantees have some “skin in the game.” TechBridge provides 80% of the projects total funding. If the proposed project is $10,000, the nonprofit is expected to provide $2,000 from other funding sources and – TechBridge contributes $8,000.

For any questions, please email dreambig@techbridge.org.

GUIDELINES AND FAQS

PROJECT IDEAS
Ideas for potential projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Ideas for Managing & Inspiring Donors
  • Ideas for Tracking Client Journeys and Outcomes
  • Ideas for Measuring Your Missions Impact for Foundations and Sponsors
  • Ideas for Simplified Client Onboarding and Data Sharing
  • Ideas for Operationalizing Your Strategic Plan and Stretch Goals
  • Ideas for Networking Your Separate Internal Systems
  • Ideas for Networking with Other Agencies Serving Same Populations

Track and report outcomes. What is your nonprofit’s pain point? What would be “a dream” to change?

Some nonprofit organizations apply for the technology grant to create a way to take their strategic plans and goal setting out of Powerpoint slides and into how they work day to day. Brainstorming and ideation exercises are amazingly important but these endeavors often stop short of building a suitable framework. A technology grant allows you to track, measure and view your impact as well as meet the business-like reporting required.

Do foundations and advisors demand more detailed reporting?

With a deep enough dive into a nonprofit’s modus operandi, foundations believe they could make safer bets and grant funds to those organizations really listening, responding and innovating in their spaces. While anecdotal stories are key for communicating relevance, grant seekers who can back up their claims and decisions with data are more likely to be viewed with confidence. A number of foundations are already integrating the need for organizational assessments into their review processes.

Does your staff spend less hours helping clients face to face because of manual, time-intensive processes?

Technology could improve your ability to manage clients, donors, volunteers or the services and programs you provide.

Support case management with networked systems that talk with one another and share information seamlessly.

What if your organization could easily and securely share documents with other agencies? Do you have one place to share contacts? Maybe you need a central, secured info hub for staff, board, volunteers and/or partners?

Engage with funders and volunteers.

Maybe you need a mobile-friendly version of your website to better engage with your funders and volunteers. Do you have an idea for an application that will improve the programs and services you provide to your clients or will help your staff work more efficiently?

If you are not sure if your project can be fulfilled through TechBridge services currently available, please contact dreambig@techbridge.org to verify.

FAQ

When will the application be available?

Check your state’s page for information on open applications.

How are organizations evaluated?

Dream Big Georgia Technology Grant will give priority to organizations whose applications reflect:

Organization-wide planning and decision-making in requesting support;

  • Clarity of mission and vision; and
  • A readiness to embark on the solutions to issues and/or challenges. 

How will the winners be chosen?

Applications will be reviewed by TechBridge to ensure requests meet the requirements of the Grant.

A team of technical volunteers will provide feedback to the nonprofits with requests that meet the Grant criteria and give them an opportunity to revise their application.

The TechBridge Georgia Dream Big Judges will choose the Grant recipients based on the information included in the application.

I submitted my online application form but didn’t get a confirmation – did you receive it?

If you did not receive a confirmation email, please first check your spam/junk folder for an email from dreambig@techbridge.org. If no confirmation is there, please email us at dreambig@techbridge.org and we can verify receipt.

 I submitted my application but now realize I omitted important information – how do I edit it? 

You may resubmit your application in its entirety prior to the deadline and we will put forward the application with the latest submission date/time for judging consideration.

We’d like to supplement our application with a video about our organization  – how do I provide a link or upload the video?

The online grant application provides a place to upload video or provide links to them.

What specifically will you require from our organization by way of financial documentation to show that we practice financial responsibility?

We require all applicants to verify that they demonstrate fiscal responsibility, the appropriate use of funds and accounting standards. While we do not require documentation to substantiate this claim, relevant proof of sound financial practices could include:

  • Maintaining a complete and accurate set of accounting records;
  • Making available upon request audited financial statements;
  • Having a treasurer/finance committee at the board level involved in reviewing financial results;
  • Completing all IRS filings, including Form 990 or Form 990EZ; and/or
  • Producing a public annual financial report that discloses the source and use of funds received.

What specifically will you require from our organization by way of financial documentation to show that we practice financial responsibility?

We require all applicants to verify that they demonstrate fiscal responsibility, the appropriate use of funds and accounting standards. While we do not require documentation to substantiate this claim, relevant proof of sound financial practices could include:

  • Maintaining a complete and accurate set of accounting records;
  • Making available upon request audited financial statements;
  • Having a treasurer/finance committee at the board level involved in reviewing financial results;
  • Completing all IRS filings, including Form 990; and/or

Producing a public annual financial report which discloses the source and use of funds received.