How to Build a Volunteer Grant Program at Your Business

How to Build a Volunteer Grant Program at Your Business
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Learn how to build a successful volunteer grant program with these seven essential steps. Volunteer grant programs encourage volunteering by providing financial support to the volunteers’ chosen nonprofits. This blog post will outline seven steps to building a volunteer grant program at your business.

A volunteer grant is a corporate social responsibility initiative encouraging employees to volunteer their time and effort for charitable causes. Under this program, businesses provide financial donations to nonprofits where their employees volunteer. The donation amount is often based on the number of hours the employee volunteers, and the program helps to promote employee engagement, community involvement, and social responsibility within the organization.

Step 1: Define the Volunteer Grant Program Objectives

Before building a volunteer grant program, you need to define your objectives. For example, do you want to increase volunteering in your community? Or promote employee engagement and social responsibility? Once you have defined your program’s objectives, you can design the program accordingly.

Step 2: Determine the Eligibility Criteria

The next step is to determine the eligibility criteria for the program. Who can participate in the program, and what are the requirements for eligibility? For example, you may require volunteers to have completed a certain number of volunteer hours before they can apply for a grant. You may also need them to volunteer at a nonprofit registered with the government.

Step 3: Decide on the Volunteer Grant Amount

The grant amount is an essential aspect of the program. First, you need to decide on the amount you will provide to each volunteer. The grant amount should be substantial enough to encourage volunteers to participate in the program but not too high that it becomes a financial burden for your organization.

Step 4: Establish a Selection Process

The next step is establishing a selection process. How will you select the volunteers who will receive the grant? Will you have a selection committee that reviews the applications and selects recipients? 

Step 5: Define the Application Process

The application process is an important aspect of the program. You need to define the application process clearly so that volunteers know what is required. For example, you may require them to provide proof of their volunteer hours or a letter of recommendation from the nonprofit they volunteered at. You may also have them submit an essay or a video explaining why they chose to volunteer with a particular organization.

Step 6: Promote the Volunteer Grant Program

Once you have established the program, you need to promote it to encourage participation. You can promote the program through your organization’s website, social media, and internal communications. You can also partner with local media outlets to spread the word about the program.

Step 7: Evaluate the Volunteer Grant Program

Finally, it is important to evaluate the program to determine its effectiveness. You can evaluate the program by tracking the number of volunteers who participate, the number of volunteer hours completed, and the number of grants awarded. You can also survey the volunteers to gather feedback on the program and identify areas for improvement.

Building a volunteer grant program is a great way to encourage volunteering in your community and promote employee engagement and social responsibility within your organization. By defining the program objectives, determining the eligibility criteria, deciding on the grant amount, establishing a selection process, defining the application process, promoting the program, and evaluating its effectiveness, you can build a successful volunteer grant program that makes a difference in your community. Remember, volunteering is not just a way to give back to your community but also a way to enrich your life and do more good in the world around you. 

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Brandy Strand
Nonprofit Partnerships Account Executive

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