Would you write a short poem about your mission for a $10,000 cash grant?

2013 heart & soul grant

My much-loved client, CTK Foundation, will start accepting applications from nonprofits for its “Heart & Soul” cash grants on Monday, December 3rd.

As usual, the foundation isn’t interested in receiving a long grant proposal with a lot of boilerplate; instead, they want each nonprofit that applies to submit a short poem about its mission.

Poems can be written by the applicant organization’s constituents, staff, board, or volunteers.  It’s an opportunity to focus on what’s unique and important to you about the organization.

The signature grant of this year’s cycle will be $10,000 in cash, plus a professionally written and recorded song by the Grammy Award-winning group, the original Blind Boys of Alabama.

The other grants are:

  • $10,000 HHS grant — available to an Austin, Texas-area nonprofit specializing in the provision of services to at risk children and families — a gift from the Cipione Family Foundation.
  • Two $5,000 grant awards to two nonprofits in the United States.
  • Five $1,000 grant awards to Community TechKnowledge, Inc. customer organizations attending the 2013 Outcomes Immersion Certification Training.
  • $20,000 in matching cash grants to nonprofits for CTK software purchases.
  • Three autographed guitars: one by The Original Blind Boys of Alabama, one by Los Lonely Boys, and one by Sunny Shipley.

If you’re interested,  take a break from the usual grantwriting process, gather together the people who most love your mission, and bring forth a poem that expresses the heart and soul of what you do.

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3 thoughts on “Would you write a short poem about your mission for a $10,000 cash grant?

  1. Linda Werman 12/06/2012 at 5:07 pm Reply

    What is the deadline for submission?

  2. Deborah Elizabeth Finn 12/06/2012 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Linda, you can find a definitive answer to this question – plus answers to a lot of other questions – at http://www.communitytech.net/heart-and-soul/2013/faq

  3. annie schrader 12/10/2012 at 7:41 pm Reply

    It is quite amazing….I was a bit deflated by the “8-line” boundary set. …thinking about run-on sentences….. 😉 ALL kidding aside. An incredible opportunity by an organization that obviously does not measure by “normal”. Thank goodness! I am ready for “normal” to be redefined! Thank you Deborah!

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