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Intentionally building sustainability strategies, activities, and partnerships into grant-funded work is a key step to attaining impact goals. This toolkit will help organizations take a structured approach to developing and embedding sustainability strategies within their programs.

Intended to support organizations that promote health equity, this toolkit can be used by all funders and grantees. The numerous exercises, examples, self-assessments, templates, and resources will guide your team through every step in the process.

Top Takeaways

  1. For grant recipients in the application phase and early in their work, this toolkit will support the development of a strong plan for sustainability from the outset of the project through strategic planning, early partnership development, and monitoring & evaluation design.
  2. For grant recipients later in their work, this toolkit will support strategy adjustments and ongoing efforts to identify and engage partners for sustaining work beyond a specific grant or pilot project.
  3. For funders, this toolkit is a resource to share with grantees to support them in reaching sustainability, scale, and replicability to achieve catalytic impact.
Sustainability is not just about funding. It’s about creating and building momentum to maintain community-wide change by organizing and maximizing community assets and resources. It means institutionalizing policies and practices within communities and organizations.

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

This toolkit was developed in partnership with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.