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Using Data to Promote Equity in Grant Services

By Kate Caldecott

Kate Caldecott & Associates
This month, a guest post from Jennifer Choban, a former grant writer at a not-for-profit service provider, with suggestions for ensuring equity in access to services.I had just finished delivering a workshop on literacy to a group of 50 child care providers. As I passed out the evaluation forms, I felt satisfied that workshop had…

Grants with Grit

By Kate Caldecott

Kate Caldecott & Associates
A recently identified personality trait is getting a lot of attention. In trying to discover who becomes successful and why, psychology professor, Angel Duckworth, identified grit as a key predictor of success (Duckworth, 2007). She defines grit as a combination of passion and perseverance. According to Duckworth:“The gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or…

4 Steps to a Successful System Change

By Kate Caldecott

Kate Caldecott & Associates
Good systems are continually updated to add new features, address problems and improve efficiency and effectiveness. SmartyGrants is preparing to release new features designed to make it easier to monitor progress and successfully navigate through the tasks required to manage your grants. As with any major system upgrade, you’ll want to have a plan for…

Program Overview: Getting the Big Picture

By Kate Caldecott

Grant program overview report
Are you funding the same organisations year after year? Are some of your administrative practices overly cumbersome for applicants and grantees? Have your programs become stagnant? Periodically getting an overview of each of your grant programs is a good way to monitor these issues. It can reveal the strengths and limitations of your program design to…

Using Calculated Fields for Weighted Assessments in SmartyGrants

By Kate Caldecott

Weighted assessment forms in SmartyGrants
Few things in grant management are more complex or more important than getting assessment right. A vigorous assessment process is how you know you’re making the best use of limited funds. Ensuring that your assessment process weighs all of the different criteria appropriately means doing the math. Fortunately, SmartyGrants allows you to build those calculations…


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.



  • 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