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We are excited to announce our new and improved grants cycle and web site!

SAP CSR is heading into 2014 with incredible momentum as we announce improvements that are being made to our grants cycle for the New Year. Last year, in recognizing and embracing SAP’s commitment to the communities in which we live and operate in, we awarded grants to approximately 100 non-profits and projects within our areas of focus.

Improving upon 2013’s process, we are pleased to invite our existing and future partners to apply through our new and more user friendly website https://sapcsr.versaic.com.The site is not live yet but will be coming soon! The 2014 grant cycle will run from March 1st to April 31st. (Please note this is one month earlier than last year). Recipients of past grants, please be on the lookout for our updated impact reporting guidelines, which will be due before a new grant is submitted.

We kindly ask for your patience in contacting us regarding grants as we wrap up the creation of the new site. A detailed follow-up email, containing all the relevant information, will be sent out in the coming weeks. We will make sure to keep you updated as we move forward.

Our partnerships allow us to continue our efforts in addressing the needs of underserved youth and emerging entrepreneurs. SAP CSR is eager to receive your proposals, to continue longstanding relationships and to build new ones!

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Want to make your grant proposal stand out?

Here are some tips and tricks that are sure to catch our attention.

Grant Writing Tips for Success

  • Ensure that you have read and understand the SAP CSR guidelines. For any questions, please contact csr.na@sap.com.
  • Focus your proposal – do not include everything you know; concisely focus on your best ideas for the project or need. Sometimes less is more when framing your requests.
  • Do not submit a “trust me” proposal. Explain and justify the good work you have done and will do. Explain how this project will impact your organization and how it aligns with SAP CSR’s goals.
  • Prepare your proposal early, well before the deadline. Do not rush!
  • Write for an intelligent layperson, in this case, our grants review committee members.  They need to be able to recognize that the project is appropriate for the funding source and that you understand the issues and have creative approaches.
  • Develop credible plans for assessment and dissemination and not just as afterthoughts. How will you know that you have been successful? How can the project be sustained?
  • Design a realistic project – or a portion of a larger project – that can be accomplished by the end of the grant period.
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