Understanding Needs of Grantees

Do grantees always know what they need? Yes and no, contributors said. While they stressed the importance of offering support that meets the actual needs of the people who use it, they also pointed out that grantmakers sometimes have a broader picture of what’s valuable from the experiences of past grantees.

For example, young people who’ve never been outside the country may not understand the educational value of international travel as part of a scholarship award. Artists who are deeply immersed in their current projects may fail to consider the long-term value of financial planning and grumble about having to attend workshops on it.

Takeaways are critical, bite-sized resources either excerpted from our guides or written by Candid Learning for Funders using the guide's research data or themes post-publication. Attribution is given if the takeaway is a quotation.

This takeaway was derived from Grants to Individuals.