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Training a New Grants Program Officer

By Kate Caldecott

Kate Caldecott Training
The people you hire to administer your grants need to be passionate about the work of your organisation. They also need to be highly trained professionals, skilled at navigating regulations and politics, overseeing projects, managing budgets and meeting deadlines. They will need to effectively network with peers and service providers from the not-for-profit organisations in…

Finish What You Started: Ensuring Grants are Acquitted

By Kate Caldecott

Grant acquittals
Things seem to be proceeding as hoped and expected with your project…until it’s time for the acquittal report. Suddenly your grantee seems to be missing in action. How can you prevent these gaps and what should you do when they do appear? Set Up Acquittal Reminder Emails in SmartyGrantsSmartyGrants has some nifty tools to help increase…

Setting the Standard with Standard Fields

By Kate Caldecott

SmartyGrants
SmartyGrants defines standard fields as key fields or questions that you willwant to capture an answer for on all or most of your applications. The concept is simple. Programs may differ, but data fields like Project Name, Amount Requested and Project Start Date are likely to be needed regardless of the program (or the grantmaker).   Benefits…

Spreading the Wealth: Getting Grants to Small Organisations

By Kate Caldecott

A version of this article was included in the August 2017 issue of Grants Management Intelligence published by AIGM. Does it feel like you’re always funding the same people? Every round, the same crowd of not-for-profit organisations apply for funding and the same ones usually get it. It’s not just your imagination. One of the key…

Why Multi-year Grants are Good for Everyone (and How to do Them)

By Kate Caldecott

A previous version of this article was included in the June 2017 issue of Grants Management Intelligence published by AIGM.Given the complexity of the work we try to do, it’s probably not realistic to expect big, hairy, life-changing projects to fit neatly into predetermined 12-month periods.Multi-year grants allow grantees the opportunity to take on more…

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Learn the 7 steps to build a stronger and better program evaluation. In this special Guide Kate Caldecott takes you step-by-step through the process to ensure that your Program Evaluation hits the mark.

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  • Kate Caldecott worked with me on Australia Post’s Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program. She assisted with the grant process design and SmartyGrants grant management implementation.

    In working with Kate, I would describe her as being: passionate, knowledgeable, dedicated to community with a willingness to going the extra mile, above and beyond. It is always a pleasure to work with Kate.

    - Erin McKenzie, Community Events and Partnerships Advisor, Community Relations Australia Post
  • This is the perfect opportunity for me to thank you, in particular, ….. for the outstanding customer service you have all provided. You have not only helped us use SG effectively, but kept the panic at bay. There is lots more to learn about what SG can do and I’m sure we will be in regular contact …….

    Thanks to you all – you are fabulous!

    - Debra Slater-Lee, Programs Manager State NRM Office (WA)
  • Being a complete newbie on all aspects of Smartygrants I was daunted by the task of being completely responsible for the outcome of a major grant funding round at the Shire. I did the training and it still did not make much sense to me until I had my first session with Kate. The way in which Kate was able to clarify, explain and help me understand the rationale and functions of the system was brilliant, her manner always patient and professional, and her willingness to transfer knowledge and information commendable. Thanks to Kate I am now a confident user of Smartygrants

    - Marilyn A Gippsland VIC
  • Kate’s involvement in the final stages of the major review of two of Sunshine Coast Council’s funding programs added significant value to our work. As well as identifying additional sources of information for analysis, and suggesting enhancements to data presentation, Kate provided a professional critique of the review, validating our analysis of the review findings and the options identified in our report to Council.

    - Margaret Cattanach Team Leader Community Connections Community Services Sunshine Coast Council

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