The Power of Podcasting: The Convergence Partnership Approach to Reimagining Grant Reporting


As a part of its commitment to equitable and responsive grantmaking practices and elevating community voices, the Convergence Partnership introduced streamlined and transformative grantmaking application and reporting requirements with its 2020 Covid rapid response grants. The Partnership did not require grantees to submit any final written reports. Instead, grantees were offered the option to have their work documented through locally produced podcast episodes. Based on our experience with the podcast series, the Partnership developed this guide to inspire other funders to similarly reimagine conventional grant-reporting norms and to support communities to tell their stories in their own words. It highlights the Partnership’s rationale; offers practical do’s and don’ts to support similar efforts; details the step-by-step approach that the Partnership followed; and shares helpful podcasting resources.