About Project Streamline

PEAK Grantmaking’s Project Streamline has a simple premise:

The cumulative impact of grantmakers’ distinct and often laborious application and reporting requirements undermines nonprofit effectiveness, causing grantseekers to devote too much time to seeking funding (often without payoff) and reporting on grants (often without benefit) to the detriment of their mission-based work.

And a straightforward goal: 

To help grantmakers understand and reduce the burden of application and reporting on their nonprofit partners, while still getting the information they need to make good grantmaking decisions.


Project Streamline works by:

  • identifying the flaws in the current application, monitoring, and reporting practices of grantmakers
  • developing recommended principles, resources, and tools to help grantmakers address those flaws
  • supporting grantmaker efforts to change

Nearly a decade after PEAK Grantmaking released Project Streamline’s first report, Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose, the ideas and tools of Project Streamline have gained traction in the philanthropic sector. More funders than ever before are committed to right-sizing their application and reporting requirements, reducing the burden on grantseekers, and seeking feedback to improve their grantmaking practices.


  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • The Christensen Fund
  • Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • The Dekko Foundation
  • Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
  • Francis Family Foundation
  • Frey Foundation
  • Harold K. L. Castle Foundation
  • Kansas Health Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Russell Family Foundation
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • William Penn Foundation
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation