The Meyer Foundation recently announced that it is beginning a new partnership with the Consumer Health Foundation (CHF), the leading health funder in the Greater Washington region. Beginning next year, CHF will manage the application process for Meyer's health and mental health grants.
These two foundations have worked closely together for nearly a decade and have overlapping interests in their funding priorities and grantees. This partnership will allow them to share knowledge and will help to streamline and simplify the application and reporting processes. CHF will accept proposals for Meyer's health related funding by invitation only starting in 2010. You can find more details about this collaboration on the Meyer Foundation web site.
This partnership serves as an excellent example of grantmakers working to improve the application process for grantseekers -- which is the main goal of Project Streamline. Project Streamline is a collaborative effort of organizations from both sides of the grantmaker/grantseeker divide who are studying grant application and reporting practices, their impact on grantseekers and grantmakers, and the implications for the field.
The Meyer Foundation and the Foundation Center, along with many other organizations, are participating in this discussion to explore ways to simplify the application process and reduce costs on both sides. You can visit the Project Streamline web site to review recommendations issued by this group, download its report Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose [pdf], or register for an online newsletter to keep up with new information.