The Grant for Good

Established 2010

What We’re Doing

Since 2004 Firebelly Design has been donating their services to one lucky nonprofit for a year and in 2010 they decided to go big, enlist their trusted friends and the Grant for Good was born. For the past 3 years, the Grant for Good team has been giving one nonprofit an enormous opportunity to completely reinvent itself. From organizational development and strategy to branding, design, web development, marketing, photography, video, social media strategy + implementation, copywriting and even printing. A grant valued at over $250,000.

The Grant for Good seeks to positively impact the quality of strategy and marketing for small nonprofit institutions through a focused, yearlong engagement. Rather than a singular project approach that is difficult to sustain, the Grant for Good focuses all our efforts on one nonprofit for an entire year, including education components to keep it sustainable.

Grant for Good applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations or a fiscal agent with such status; units of state or local government; or federally-recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply
  • the organization must exist within 50 miles of Chicago, or be willing to pay for travel and accommodation expenses for on-site visits throughout the course of the year for 2 members of the team at key points throughout the year
  • overall annual budgets must be between $200k - $1mil

Grant for Good applicants are required to provide some financial and staff resources for the execution of the grant.

What does this mean? For example, it means that while we will provide all labor for various printed pieces, you must pay for the hard costs (paper, plates, etc.) of the printing process. Another example could include the redesign of your office space, however you will be responsible for the materials costs for furniture + supplies. These are two examples, but there may be others we can not predict at this time. We suggest that you plan to have a minimum of $10,000 reserved for hard costs.

Additionally, we must be able to meet with designated staff on a regular basis from one to three times per month for different areas of the grant needs. An estimated timeline of project tasks will be provided within 30 days from grant kickoff. You will be responsible for meeting deadlines throughout the year. Continuously missed deadlines may result in the cancellation of the grant.

Please apply to the grant only if you agree to these terms.


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