Grants to Individuals: Investing in People and their Communities

GrantCraft (Ford Foundation)



Case Study Sector

Aiming to have a broad effect on organizations or communities, some grantmakers choose to fund individuals. It’s true that grants to individuals make special demands on foundations, both legally and administratively, but sometimes they’re the only way to achieve an important objective.
In this guide, grantmakers talk about the rigors and rewards of investing in people. Learn how to design and manage a grants-to-individuals program, including developing a theory of change, using the right funding mechanism, and finding the right people to support. Includes five mini-case studies: the Durfree Foundation; the Foundation for the Mid South and the Greater Houston Community Foundation; the Howard Hughes Medical Insitute; the International Fellowships Fund; and Creative Capital.



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