Those of us who are lucky enough to have a wealth of dreams aren’t necessarily blessed with a wealth of funds to accomplish those lofty goals. Thankfully through the beauty of grants, your aspirations can be met with little effort and much reward. Charitable foundations, government offices and corporations are still an untapped resource for funding your new goal or venture, as a result, grants are an under used viable resource.
One key to landing your next grant is to effectively complete your grant request. It is essential to meet all deadlines and to follow all directions during the grant application process.
Take a first-things-first approach with grant writing. Grantors are critical of the use of their grant money and will often times turn down a grant seeker because of the fact that they do not typically cover or fund “operating expenses”. Sit down to determine a plausible need for your grant request. The grant proposal should always address a “real” fundable need; some need that relates to the community or to a call for change. Companies are interested in giving back to the community, not in paying your utility bill.
Is your project fundable?
Ask yourself this question before you present your case or application to a grant funder. Clearly address the needs that your organization faces. It is your ultimate goal to prove to the funder that your project is fiscally and functionally sound.
Federal Pell Grants:
These types of grants are proverbial goldmines because the funding amounts normally range upwards to several million dollars. The problem here is the fact that they are also more work and labor intensive. It is possible that the federal grant process may include hundreds of pages of paperwork.
Locating a grant can also be a tedious and time consuming challenge. In order to narrow your grant search it will be necessary to cut down on legwork and paperwork by assessing your grant needs before seeking out any possible funding opportunities. It is essential to identify your program focus, your funding needs and their usage.
Helpful Grant Resource Guides:
Foundation Grants for Individuals
National Directory of Corporate Giving
There are currently five Foundation Center locations that provide free access to their online directory.
New York 212-620-4230
San Francisco 415-397-0902
Washington, D.C. 202-331-1400
Cleveland, Ohio 216-861-1934
Atlanta, Georgia 404-880-0094