Frequently Asked Questions

What is a "LEAD PARTNER"?
Can there be more than two partners who submit a grant proposal?
How does a community organization find a University partner?
What should be included in the proposal narrative (see narrative form and outline process)?
When preparing the proposal budget, should "in-kind" contributions be included? How is this shown?
What happens if my organization does not have all attachments requested in the application?
Will substitutes for original signatures of the partners be accepted on the grant application? i.e. facsimiles, emails, voice mail, etc.
What is the deadline for submitting the application?
Will deadline extensions be granted?
If our organization is awarded a grant when would funds be available?
Are grants limited to only Broome County organizations?


What is a "LEAD PARTNER"?

To qualify for a grant from the Fund, each proposal must have at least two partners: one from a unit at Binghamton University and one a community organization or agency. The Fund requests that one of the partners be designated as the "lead". This group would be the contact for all official communication with the grant administrator.

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Can there be more than two partners who submit a grant proposal?

Yes, the Fund encourages collaboration with multiple community groups and University units. The grant application asks for one of the partners to be designated as "LEAD PARTNER".

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How does a community organization find a University partner?

If your organization has a project idea but does not have a contact with an appropriate University unit, please contact the grant administrator. Referrals will be made to possible University units. The Fund cannot guarantee that a University partner will be available for each proposed project.

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What should be included in the proposal narrative (see narrative form and outline process)?

A successful grant proposal will describe clearly the need or opportunity the organizations seek to address; focus on a few objectives or goals that the project will accomplish; and spell out what activities or actions will be taken to achieve those objectives or goals. It is very important that your proposal describe how you plan to monitor, document, and measure your project's outcomes.

Please complete all sections of the narrative form.

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When preparing the proposal budget, should "in-kind" contributions be included? How is this shown?

All income, including in-kind contributions, should be included in your project budget. Matching expenditures would appear under expenses.

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What happens if my organization does not have all attachments requested in the application?

If your group does not have all the attachments listed in the application guidelines, please notify the grant administrator. 

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Will substitutes for original signatures of the partners be accepted on the grant application? i.e. facsimiles, emails, voice mail, etc.

All signatures must be original on the grant application. Facsimiles, email, voice mail may not be substituted.

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What is the deadline for submitting the application?

All application materials must be received in the Foundation Office by 5:00 pm, Friday, April 4, 2014.

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Will deadline extensions be granted?

All grant proposals, including attachments must be received by the deadline. No extensions will be granted for any reason.

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If our organization is awarded a grant when would funds be available?

Grant funds are available beginning July 1 of each grant year. Customarily, three  payments are made. The first payment is issued upon receipt of a duly executed contract and supporting documentation. The remaining two payments are made based upon a schedule outlined in the contract and receipt of satisfactory interim reports.

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Are grants limited to only Broome County organizations?

All grant projects must include or benefit residents of Broome County. A proposal may benefit contiguous New York State counties.

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Last Updated: 2/6/14