Frequently Asked Questions
About the 1% for the Tetons Grants Process
Q: Why is 1% for the Tetons changing its grants process from what it has done in the past?
- The new process will increase the amount of money available to fund grant applications, thereby furthering 1% for the Teton’s mission and further leveraging members’ donations.
- The new process will attract far more attention to 1% for the Tetons in general, and the 1% for the Tetons grants process in particular.
- Third, the new process will allow 1% for the Tetons’s members far more say in directing their donations.
Q: What kind of projects does 1% for the Tetons fund?
"1% for the Tetons awards high-leverage grants to forward-looking projects sustaining the Tetons area’s natural resources and related qualities." The Round 1 application form defines each aspect of this Statement of Ideal. To give prospective applicants a sense of how these ideals translate into successful grant applications, copies of every grant application 1% for the Tetons has ever funded are available for download in the Grantees & Projects area of this site.
Q: Who can apply for 1% for the Tetons grants?
Because many of the challenges and opportunities facing the Tetons region cut across political and economic boundaries, 1% for the Tetons encourages organizations from all sectors – public, private, and non-profit – to collaborate in developing projects and applying for grants. However, to comply with tax regulations, every applicant team must include at least one 501(c)3 organization or governmental agency.
Q: How much can I apply for?
In its first three years, 1% for the Tetons has awarded 27 grants, ranging in size from $1,000 - $40,000. Combined, these grants have totaled $372,000, an average of $124,000/year or $13,777/grant. While 1% for the Tetons sets no limits on the amount it awards to any one project, the size of its average annual grant pool means that 1% for the Tetons is hard-pressed to make grants larger than $40,000-$50,000
Q: What happens during Round 1 of the application process?
The Charture Institute Board of Directors will consider all Round 1 applications, and has full discretion over which will be invited to participate in Round 2. Those applicants whose projects are not selected to advance to Round 2 will be so notified, and their applications will remain confidential. 1% for the Tetons 2010 Grant Application Overview – Page 3 of 4
Q: What happens during Round 2 of the application process?
Finalists submit a second written application, and make a 5 minute oral presentation of their application at the Charture Institute’s Sustainability Grants Conference on May 8. All application materials (i.e. all the written applications and videos of each oral presentation) will be posted on the 1% for the Tetons website.
Q: What happens during Phase 1 of the Grants Awards Process?
Based on the application materials posted on the 1% for the Tetons website, 1% for the Tetons members may, if they choose, direct up to 100% of their annual donations to any or all of the Finalist projects. Additionally, the public at large can use the 1% for the Tetons website to make donations to support these projects. Applicants will be able to go on-line as well, and in real time see how much money has been pledged toward their project. Projects which receive pledges for 100% of their requested funding by May 31 will be funded by 1% for the Tetons; projects which receive less than 100% will be referred to the 1% for the Tetons Grants Committee for Phase 2 of the Grants Award Process.
Q: What happens during Round 2 of the Grants Awards Process?
The 1% for the Tetons Grants Committee will determine how much money it has available to grant (a figure which equals all 1% for the Tetons members’ donations minus the donations members pledged to projects funded during Phase 1 of the Grants Award Process). The committee will evaluate projects which did not receive 100% funding during Round 1, and award the remaining funds to some of those remaining projects.
Q: What happens if my project is not funded during either Phase 1 or 2 of the Grants Awards Process?
1% for the Tetons does not partially fund projects. Therefore, unless a project receives 100% funding in either Phase 1 or 2 of the Grants Awards Process, it will not receive any funding from 1% for the Tetons. Donations directed by 1% for the Tetons members to projects only partially-funded in Phase 1 will revert to the overall 1% for the Tetons donations pool, where they will be awarded by the 1% for the Tetons Grants Committee. Pledges made by non-members to partially-funded projects will not be cashed. Finalists whose projects do not receive 100% funding will receive $500 to help defray the costs involved in.
Q: Can I urge my supporters to make contributions to my project?
Absolutely! We encourage Finalists to do all they can to get their supporters to visit the 1% for the Tetons website and make pledges to their project. The website will show, in real time, exactly how much money has been pledged to each project, and how much longer Finalists have to reach the 100% goal.
Q: Can I urge 1% for the Tetons members to make contributions to my project?
1% for the Tetons recognizes that some such "lobbying" is likely, if not inevitable. However, 1% for the Tetons will not look favorably upon a Finalist actively "lobbying" 1% for the Tetons members in a blatant or systematic fashion. 1% for the Tetons retains the right to refuse to fund a project if, at its sole discretion, a grant applicant violates the spirit of the "no active lobbying” rule.
Q: If my project is funded, when will I receive the funds?
The formal announcement of funded projects – from both Phase 1 and Phase 2 – will be made in late June, 2010. Funds will be available within a week of the announcement, and must be claimed within one year. Q: If my project is funded, what reporting requirements will I have? Successful grant applicants must submit a report on their project within 90 days of the completion of the project, or by September 30, 2011, whichever comes first. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will not be considered for future 1% for the Tetons grants for two years after their report is finally submitted.
For more information, contact Jonathan Schechter, Executive Director, 1% for the Tetons at js@1PercentTetons.org or (307) 733-8687.