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What is the grant period? What is the payment schedule?
The grant period lasts one year, from Fall 2017 to Fall 2018. Funds will be disbursed in a single transfer upon completion of all required documents by the grantee and final approval by Stanford at the beginning of the grant period. Grant extension requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to submit a multi-year proposal, please be very clear about what you plan to accomplish during the first year.
Why does the grant come from Stanford University?
Digital Impact is an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Digital Impact Grants are sub-awards from Stanford University.
Can grant funds be used to pay salaries?
Yes! People make programs happen, and these grants can be used to support team member salaries. As long as you’re using funds for legal activities that are fundamental to your project, you won’t run into any restrictions regarding how you allocate the grant money.
Is there a limit on indirect costs?
Yes, the indirect cost (IDC) limit is 10%.
Can funds be distributed to multiple organizations working together on a single grant project?
For each funded grant, a single organization must receive the funds from Stanford. If your project involves multiple organizations, the organization receiving the funds from Stanford may then distribute funds as needed to other organizations involved with the project.
Is there a set number of research grants and innovation grants?
No. We are aiming to award 5-15 total grants, and the final numbers will depend on how many of each type of application we receive.
Is attendance at the conference at Stanford in February 2018 required?
Yes. One representative from the grantee organization (or coalition, in the case of a collaborative project) must attend the conference. Digital Impact will cover all conference registration and travel costs for one representative from each grantee organization. You do not need to include these costs in your budget proposal.
Will funding be considered for activities that have just started?
Yes. Grants are available for new projects, or for in-progress projects that are in the implementation or improvement stage.
I want to apply for a sector grant to design a tool that will be open source but may involve a fee from a third party for using it. Is this eligible under the Digital Impact Grants open access policy?
Most likely not. We want the innovations these grants support to be readily accessible and freely available to nonprofit organizations across the sector.
When will grant recipients receive their funds?
All grantees will be notified about their status in September 2017. The invoicing process for issuing checks in conjunction with the Stanford University finance system will take about one month to several weeks after that date.
Does the grant review team preference team projects over individual ones?
The preference is for teams, particularly those with members who cut across multiple nonprofit sectors or even across the research/sector divide. Though it’s not necessarily requirement to take this interdisciplinary approach, teams comprising grantees of diverse backgrounds may have greater capacity to facilitate adoption of their work.
Can I send my grant application/project proposal to the Digital Impact team for feedback in advance of the due date?
You can go ahead, but unfortunately, due to the high volume of prospective applicants, we may not be able to provide a timely answer to your email.
Is there any chance my team could be awarded partial funding for our project?
Possibly. Once the application review team settles on the final pool of projects they wish to fund, they may contact some applicants to inquire about what could potentially be accomplished at a lower level of funding. The review team will not make arbitrary, one-sided budget cuts without reaching out to the grantees first, but we hope to fund the largest possible pool of meaningful work given our budget restrictions, which may mean partially funding some grantees.