Grant strategies to build nonprofit capacity
- Published: Friday, 04 May 2018 15:06
1. running out of time,
2. finding out the funding program wasn’t a match,
3. realising the organisation or project did not meet the eligibility criteria, and
4. because of problems with the application form.
Before looking at the deadlines for grants, talk to your staff, project leaders and clients. Find out what is needed on the ground to deliver your programs to the community. A wish list may include equipment, activities, staff, additional programs and evaluation of activities.
This step prevents the second most common reason for not submitting an application: finding out the funding program wasn’t a match.
As a rule (and a flawless way to avoid that dawning realisation that your organisation or the project does not meet the eligibility criteria), call or email the funder before you write your application. Discuss your project and confirm the match.
Successful grants are developed by a team with clear understanding of roles and responsibilities. Let your CEO and Board know that you are progressing an application.
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