The September 30th deadline for Grants Gateway submissions passed swiftly last month. Nonprofits across the state have struggled through the new grants pre-qualification process, with many still wrestling to become compliant with both the Gateway standards and recently changed Nonprofit Corporate law. To gain a better understanding of the current state of nonprofits in the Gateway system and learn how many nonprofits are really pre-qualified, NYCON created a NYS Grants Gateway Poll to survey members. This short survey compromised of questions addressing how long approval for submission was taking, if nonprofits felt they would be pre-approved by the September 30th deadline, and if not the reasons as to why. Trending results can be found below:
However, the most valuable information found was within the comments/feedback section of the survey. Although many reported being compliant by the deadline, the process in which they became pre-qualified was arduous and incredibly difficult. The question of whether nonprofits are submitting or stating they have policies and procedures which are truly compliant still reamins. The Gateway has recognized many are still not prequalified, and are not penalizing those passed the deadline, however if nonprofits are not prequalified and intend on editing their vault in the future they are required to have all of the requested documentation.
NYCON believes that with the formation of the new Nonprofit Coordinating Unit, a unit within the Division of Budget and working with NYS Nonprofit Liaison Fran Barrett, this will help ease issues within the Gateway. NYCON is also advocating for the Governor to sign legislation that will extend until the end of the year your time to document compliance with the Nonprofit Revitalization Act.
Check out the Commentary from NYCON’s Grants Gateway Poll:
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