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Application Update: New SmartyGrants Features & Application Forms

By Kate Caldecott

SmartyGrants Application FormsUnless you’ve changed your program guidelines, it’s likely that you are recycling your application form from round to round. There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact, it saves a lot of time. However, a number of new features have been added to SmartyGrants over the past 6 months, making this a good time…

Start the new year out right in SmartyGrants

By Kate Caldecott

The start of a new year is a great time for cleaning up loose ends and putting new and better systems in place for the upcoming year. Invest a little time this month in tuning up SmartyGrants and you’ll enjoy the benefits all year long.  SmartyGrants CleanupSmartyGrants is a powerful tool and getting the most out…

Easy Agreements: Contracts in SmartyGrants

By Kate Caldecott

online agreements in SmartyGrants
You opened a round, received applications and made the tough decisions about who to fund and who to decline. SmartyGrants made those processes streamlined and manageable. Now its time to put contracts in place. You may be wondering if you can do that in SmartyGrants too, and if so, should you. The answer to the first…

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…


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