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How Thoughtful Design Crafts Grant Applications | Foundant Technologies

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Do your current grant applications get the information you expect from applicants? Do they capture what your review team needs to make informed funding decisions? Does the process set grantees up to make an impact?

Submitting and reviewing grant applications can often feel disconnected, with applicants unsure of what information foundations want and funders lacking in what they need to make decisions. In this on-demand webinar, we share how nonprofits think funders can improve and provide tips for crafting connected grant applications that gather the right details.

Watch this info-packed session to learn:

  • How thoughtful application design reduces applicant confusion, captures significant information for reviewers, and drives more meaningful impact
  • Common application pitfalls
  • Top techniques for structuring intuitive questions
  • Principles for developing applications that meet the needs of both funders and grantees.
  • Top 5 improvements you can make to your applications that streamline the grant process and spark productive partnerships.

When grant applications feel like a shared journey instead of a chore, the ripple effects for your foundation and partners can be profound.


Laura Cochran, GPC | Senior Development Associate, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP)

Brendan McCormick | Associate Director, Exponent Philanthropy

About the Author

Kristin's passion is sharing knowledge and stories with the philanthropic community so they can make a difference. As Foundant Technologies' Manager of Marketing Communications, she enjoys collaborating with her highly creative and talented team to deliver engaging materials and sector education. As an avid reader and writer, Kristin is fascinated with the written word and all forms of communication. In her spare time, she loves reading, writing, painting, swimming, cooking, and spending time with her comedic husband and children. Volunteering throughout the community and finding ways to get involved with fundraisers that make a difference is important to her. Kristin sits on the Board of Directors for two small nonprofits: We Are HER - dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault become HER: healed, empowered, and restored through an online community and robust programming aimed at connection; and Pride House 406 - focused on providing a safe after-school space for LGBTQIA+ youth in the Gallatin Valley. Drop her a line at or connect on LinkedIn if you have an idea for some inspiring content or want to connect over a shared love of stories.

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