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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…

Grants Administration: When You’re Stuck with a Bad Decision

By Kate Caldecott

Grantmaker Decisions
We’re adults. We know we don’t get to have things our way all of the time. If you are a grants administrator, there may be times when you don’t agree with the decision that the final approving body makes. What should you do? What are your choices? First you need to determine if you have a…

Creating Better Online Application Forms

By Kate Caldecott

Better grant application forms
Is it possible that creating a better application form could result in receiving better applications? While the primary purpose of the application form is to collect the information you need to assess if you want to fund the applicant’s program, the application process also:Tells potential applicants if they’re eligible and a good fit for your…

We’re in this Together: The How and Why of Grantee Collaboration

By Kate Caldecott

The How and Why of Grantee Collaboration Chances are, there’s more than one service provider in your community that does work you’d like to support. You can choose to fund only one of them. Or you can choose to fund various providers to independently carryout similar projects. Or you can ask service providers to collaborate. Collaboration offers…

Collaboration for Impact Conference

By Kate Caldecott

Collaboration for Impact
As a follow up to my post on the role of local government in Collective Impact, I wanted to let everyone know that registration is now open for the national Collaboration for Impact Conference, taking place 17 -19 July, 2017 in Canberra.   Included in the post-conference sessions is a workshop for “exploring the changing role…


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