The Performance Management Learning Community (PMLC) offers grants and learning opportunities to nonprofits looking to improve data measurement, which includes such things as database management and statistical analysis, to help track efforts and look for trends. This assists organizations in identifying what is working and what’s not, leading to the development of more effective programming, funding competitiveness and impactful storytelling. The program consists of three courses: Performance Management Prep, Intermediate and Pro. Applicants must commit to participating in a monthly learning community in order to qualify for a grant.

  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, publicly supported organizations such as schools and municipalities, and organizations using a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor
  • Organizations serving residents of Onondaga or Madison counties
  • Recipients of Community Grants within the past 12 months are still eligible to apply.
  • Must agree to up to four organizational representatives (potentially including but not limited to grant writer, program staff and manager) at all learning community sessions.
  • Must agree to collecting data from at least 100 constituents (by midway evaluation) using the Life Needs Assessment Survey
  • Build capacity to demonstrate both outcomes (i.e. measureable impact on community needs) and outputs (i.e. number of people served)
  • Address an identifiable community need (preference to literacy, lead poisoning prevention or poverty programs)
  • Use a logical approach, emphasize assessment and have long-term sustainability
  • Create a new, or improve a current, process for data collection
  • May involve one organization or a collaboration between multiple organizations
  • Can involve hiring and working with consultants or external evaluators
  • Performance Management’s annual grant application deadline typically falls in mid-July each year.
    • 2021 Deadline: July 9, 2021
  • To apply, complete our online form.
  • Intermediate level grant requests should not exceed $20,000 for first-time applicants.
  • Potential applicants are encouraged to attend an information session, which are typically held in May or June of each year, before applying. All staff who will be Learning Community participants are encouraged to attend in addition to the grantwriter.
  • 2021 Information Sessions: TBD
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Additional Information about the Program

  • For learning the concepts of gathering and utilizing data
  • Four-month course that typically runs from February through May
  • Typically includes one Learning Community Session per month
  • Allows participants to share their project implementation experiences with each other and eventually with the wider Central New York Region
  • Yearlong course with intensive Learning Community Sessions in the months of January and June
  • Participants collaborate, share and develop a project to implement within the Central New York region
  • Four-month course that typically runs from January through April
  • Typically includes one to two Learning Community Sessions per month
PMLC Prep PMLC Intermediate PMLC Pro
Audience Intended for organizations that are in the beginning stages of using data management. Intended for organizations that have begun using data to create reports, but have yet to master the skills to produce charts, graphs, and analysis to drive decision making. Intended for organizations that have mastered the skills listed in Prep and Pro – but are interested in working with other organizations to collaborate and network on best ways to solve community needs.
Requirements Complete Life Needs Assessment Surveys of 100 clients

Attend six learning community sessions

Complete Life Needs Assessment Surveys of 100 clients

Attend ten learning community sessions

Complete ten labs

Provide midterm assessment and final report

Complete Life Needs Assessments Surveys of 100 clients

Attend six learning community sessions

Develop a joint white paper based on results of Life Needs Assessment Survey

Participants Beginner/Novice data managers

Grant writers

Program Associates

New learning community participants

Intermediate data managers

Grant writers

Program Managers

New or previous learning community participants

Proficient data managers

Program Officers or Directors

Previous learning community participants

Grant Amount Up to $5,000 Up to $20,000 Up to $5,000

The Life Needs Assessment is a collaborative effort to assess and respond to the needs of our clients. Our partner organizations, including all Performance Management Learning Community participants, continue to collect and evaluate responses to the survey to develop a more robust picture of each neighborhood’s distinctive characteristics and needs.

All Performance Management grantees are expected to collect data from the clients of their proposed programs using the needs assessment survey and share de-identified data at the census tract level with other members of their learning community.

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