Answering the Annoying Sustainability Question

We have all had to answer the "sustainability question" one way or another:

- How will the program be sustained after the grant ends?
- What is your plan for sustaining the project beyond the grant period?
- Describe the future of this program and how will you support it beyond the grant.

This practical session is designed to spark new ideas for you on how to answer the question for your organization or program through:

- interviews with foundation program officers on what they look for in the answer;
- examples of different ways to look at the question;
- factors that help prove sustainability that may not seem obvious or even related; and
- concrete examples to illustrate principles

Attendees are invited to bring their best examples of answering this question to share.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
Strategies for effective program and project design and development
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking


Ellen Gugel GPC, MBA, Principal of Grants & More, has developed hundreds of successful proposals for environmental, social services, advocacy and arts organizations from grassroots to $60+ million agencies. Past positions: Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations, Lutheran Social Services of New England 2010-14; Consultant 2007-10; Development Manager, Tower Hill Botanic Garden 2004-07; and Executive Director, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust 1998-2003. She has an MBA from Boston University.

Laura Leacu is the Director of Institutional Giving at Hebrew SeniorLife, a Harvard-affiliated organization committed to improving the lives of seniors in Greater Boston through health care, senior living communities, chronic care, home care, hospice and more. Laura is the Secretary of the Board for the New England chapter of the Grant Professionals Association and has presented at the chapter's regional conference as well as at local workshops in the Boston area.