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Episode 125 | Inside A Grant Panel Process: Greg Oertel, Communities Foundation of Texas

Greg Oertel the Senior Community Philanthropy Officer of Communities Foundation of Texas joins Martheya to talk about all things grants. They discuss what to look for when reading grant open calls, finding the right granting organizations, tips for the application, and preparing your grant to submit. (42:45)


[0:15] Martheya says welcome back


[0:24] Topic: Finding Granting Organizations

  • [0:40] Martheya asks: “Can you give our audience a little bit of context about who you are and what you do in the grant world?”

  • [1:12] Martheya asks: “What do you think is important for individuals/organizations to look for in a grant open call?”

  • [3:36] Martheya asks: “Do you have recommendations for where people can look for grant opportunities and grant listings?”

[5:27] Topic: The Grant Application

  • [5:27] Martheya asks: “What do you look for as a grant reviewer when looking at the “history” of an organization?”

  • [6:34] Martheya asks: “Are there things that set certain organizations a part, especially newer organizations?”

  • [8:09] Martheya asks: “What do you think is the most important thing to look at next as a reviewer?”

  • [8:45] Martheya asks: “Do you have an example of someone who really clearly expressed the why of the organization? How did they do that?”

  • [10:20] Martheya asks: “What do you think is the most important thing to look at next as a reviewer?”

  • [12:22] Martheya asks: “Next I want to talk about the budget. When you are looking at a budget for a newer organization what are you looking for?”

  • [14:33] Martheya asks: “Typically there is a section where you can explain your budget. What are you looking for in this section?”

  • [16:26] Martheya asks: “Are their red flags that stick out to you when reviewing a budget?”

  • [19:04] Martheya asks: “What do you think are some other important things we should talk about when it comes to preparing our grant to submit?”

  • [23:28] Martheya asks: “What do you look for when submitting those materials (photos, videos, etc.)? Do you think a compilation document is the best way to go?”

  • [25:10] Martheya asks: “What is you are trying to conceptualize something that doesn’t exist?”

  • [27:20] Martheya asks: “What are attributes that make a really strong application?”

  • [31:17] Martheya asks: “What do you think are the top common mistakes people make?”

  • [36:17] Martheya asks: “Do you as a grant reviewer look up people's social media?”

Questions from kNOwBOX dance Archive

  • [34:02] Martheya asks: “Do you think social media is influencing the dance world? If so, how does it influence your work?”

  • [38:15] Martheya asks: “How do you say NO to the BOX?”

[39:15] Martheya asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

[39:36] Martheya asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Pina Bausch's 'The Rite of Spring'

[40:32] Martheya asks:

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • Yes

[40:43] Martheya asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram

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Connect with Greg Oertel & Communities Foundation of Texas

As a senior community philanthropy officer, Greg is a key player in developing and building CFT’s philanthropy department to be the go-to place for impact-oriented and community-relevant grantmaking. Greg takes the lead supporting the management of the philanthropy department’s donor and nonprofit engagement, funder partnerships and collaboration, general grantmaking, and grant stewardship activities.

Prior to joining CFT, Greg was a senior programs manager for The Arts Community Alliance (TACA), a Dallas-based arts service organization for the North Texas arts and cultural sector.

Greg holds a bachelor’s in music from the University of Southern California and an MBA and master’s in arts management from Southern Methodist University.


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