How To Apply

The BEST Project provides resources for nonprofit management and organizational development for Genesee County agencies.  Below is a list of current programs and services available to nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members.

Nonprofit Management Information and Referral

Nonprofits need a trusted, go to source for nonprofit management information, tools and publications.

Looking for information about Executive Director Performance Evaluations?  Want to know more about legal filing requirements for your organization?  Need a sample Conflict of Interest Policy?  Visit the Related Links and Resources section of the BEST website or contact Mary Bishop at BEST for assistance.  We can provide online links, publication recommendations and partner referrals for most nonprofit organizational development needs.  Areas might include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership development and governance
  • Fundraising
  • Financial Management
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Technology as a Tool
  • Risk Management including eligibility for pro bono legal services

Eligibility:  Individuals and Genesee County nonprofit representatives (staff, board, volunteer) are eligible for Nonprofit Information & Referral Services.  BEST does not provide legal advice or assistance with establishing a 501c3 organization.  The Related Links and Resources section does provide some links to useful links like Staying Legal if you are starting a new organization. 

Cost:  Nonprofit Management Information and Referral services are provided free of charge to representatives from Genesee County 501c3 agencies.  Individuals or representatives from organizations that do not have a 501c3 designation will be considered for services on case-by-case basis.                  

Next Step:  Be sure you are on the BEST email list.  Check out the BEST Professional Development & Events Calendar and sign-up for an upcoming session!

Professional Development & Events

Professional Development for Community Impact

The BEST Project offers professional development workshops, peer learning sessions and other convening events throughout the year.  Professional development sessions are designed with content that participants can “take to action” and will enhance the skills and knowledge of nonprofit employees, board members, consultants, volunteers, and funders.  Peer learning is designed to formalize the opportunity for individuals to share the successes and challenges of sustaining a nonprofit organization.  Available topics include, but are not limited to: Leadership Development, Financial Management, Fundraising, Strategic Alliances, and Technology as a Tool.  To learn more about upcoming sessions visit our Professional Development and Events calendar.   

Eligibility:  Individuals and Genesee County nonprofit representatives (staff, board, volunteer) are eligible to participate on BEST Professional Development offerings.  Only individuals currently associated with a Genesee County nonprofit are eligible for a scholarship.        

Cost:  Half day workshops are typically $35 per person.  Each session includes pricing information.  See Professional Development & Events Calendar.     
   
Next Step:  Be sure you are on the BEST email list.  Check out the BEST Professional Development & Events Calendar and sign-up for an upcoming session!

Assessments

Any Genesee County nonprofit organization is eligible for BEST assessment services.  BEST offers a variety of free and low cost tools that assess various aspects of the organization including governance, technology and marketing and communications.  In order to apply for a Technical Assistance Grant or Capacity Building Award, your organization must have recent and relevant assessment data.  The purpose of the assessment process is to collect data about the whole organization or the identified issue area and to understand the challenges or barriers to achieving maximum impact for the organization. 

Eligibility:  Genesee County 501c3 nonprofit organizations are eligible for Assessment services.  Organizations that do not have a 501c3 designation will be considered for services on case-by-case basis.       

Cost:  Assessments are typically conducted free of charge to Genesee County 501c3 nonprofits or provided at a significantly reduced fee.  Organizations that do not have a 501c3 designation will be considered for Assessment services on case-by-case basis.            
   
Next Step:  Contact BEST staff to set-up an Assessment Consultation.  The Assessment Consultation is a 60-90 minute meeting with agency representatives and BEST staff to review the available assessment tools and related process and timeline.

Technical Assistance Grants (<$5,000)

Agencies that have successfully completed an assessment process (through BEST or on their own) will be eligible to apply for a Technical Assistance Grant.  A maximum of $5,000 is available for projects aimed at increasing the capacity of the organization.  Technical Assistance Grant applications should address how the proposed project will increase organizational capacity in the given area as well as how changes will be maintained and sustained over time.  Example projects might include:  governance training; creating a case for support; technology upgrades; organizational planning; developing a website.

Approved Technical Assistance Grants must demonstrate the following:

  • A direct link to assessment data in the issue area
  • Readiness and internal capacity to complete the proposed project i.e., staff availability, board commitment, technology infrastructure, etc..
  • Willingness to work with a consultant or technical assistance provider from the vetted BEST pool
  • Ability to sustain project outcomes or adapt as needed over time

Eligibility:  AGENCIES MUST HAVE CONDUCTED A RECENT ASSESSMENT IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.  Genesee County 501c3 nonprofit organizations are eligible for Technical Assistance Grants.  Organizations that do not have a 501c3 designation will be considered for services on case-by-case basis.         

Next Step: 

  • If you HAVE NOT conducted an Assessment in the last 6 months contact BEST staff to set-up an Assessment Consultation.
  • If you HAVE conducted an Assessment in the last 6 months contact BEST staff to set-up a Technical Assistance Grant Consultation. 

Capacity Building Awards (>$10,000)

Agencies that have successfully completed Technical Assistance Grant projects and can demonstrate the organizational impact will be eligible for up to $10,000 in the form of a Capacity Building Award.  These awards will be competitive.  Example organizational change projects might include:  board development and governance planning; facility assessment or feasibility study; fund development planning and coaching; technology upgrades and training; financial management system review and changes; strategic alliance facilitation.   

Approved Capacity Building Grants must demonstrate the following:

  • A direct link to assessment data and/or Technical Assistance Grant project
  • Readiness and internal capacity to complete the proposed project i.e., staff availability, board commitment, technology infrastructure, etc..
  • Willingness to work with a consultant or technical assistance provider from the vetted BEST pool
  • Ability to sustain project outcomes or adapt as needed over time
  • Ability to leverage internal or other resources to support the project in the short- or long-term

Eligibility:  AGENCIES MUST HAVE CONDUCTED A RECENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR A CAPACITY BUILDING GRANT.  Genesee County 501c3 nonprofit organizations are eligible for Capacity Building Grants.  Organizations that do not have a 501c3 designation will be considered for services on case-by-case basis.         

Next Step: 

  • If you HAVE NOT conducted an Assessment in the last 6 months contact BEST staff to set-up an Assessment Consultation.
  • If you HAVE conducted an Assessment in the last 6 months but did not apply for a Technical Assistance Grant contact BEST staff for a Technical Assistance Grant Consultation. 

If you HAVE conducted an Assessment in the last 6 months and a Technical Assistance Grant project contact BEST staff for a Capacity Building Grant Consultation.