May 30, 2017

Improving Southern Nevada Nonprofits’ Grant Capacity & Competitiveness

Southern Nevada Strong, the State of Nevada’s Grant Office, United Way of Southern Nevada, Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, and Nevada Community Foundation are pleased to announce the completion and release of a strategic framework that aims to enhance the abilities of the region’s nonprofit organizations to apply for and receive federal grant funding.

Improving Southern Nevada Nonprofits’ Grant Capacity and Competitiveness” identifies opportunities for nonprofits to improve the quality and quantity of the grant applications they submit, and calls for cross-sector collaboration to make securing federal grants a regional priority. The strategic framework is intended to guide the approach nonprofits take with federal grants and align stakeholders across the region for shared success.

Because Nevada has long been one of the lowest performing states in the country in terms of receiving competitive federal grants, enhancing the region’s capacity and competitiveness for federal funding is a priority objective for Southern Nevada Strong. Increasing the flow of federal grants to Southern Nevada is particularly compelling for the region’s nonprofit community, as Nevada’s nonprofit organizations rank 50th in the nation for assets and revenue per capita, yet are tasked with providing valuable services to a growing population.

The strategic framework was developed over the course of six months with guidance and input from a workgroup comprised of grant writers and nonprofit professionals representing more than a dozen local organizations. Additionally, feedback from the greater nonprofit community was captured during an open house event held in early February where nearly 70 nonprofit leaders reviewed and provided comment on the proposed strategy.