We Need Some Grants!
There is a lot of money out there in foundations, in local, state, and federal funds and it is important to reach out and try and get some, but don’t fool yourself into thinking, “I’ll just ask and the money will fall into my lap!” You need to get ready to pursue grants and recognize that as much money that is out there, you are not the only one seeking it.
Prepare Your Basic Information – You need to get all the information about your organization ready for presentation, because funders want to see that you truly “in business.” Real Fundraising always provides a check list to its clients to make sure things like the IRS determination letter, Articles of Incorporation, fiscal reports and budgets, and various certifications are in place.
Do You have a Mission and Vision Statement? – Yes, our check list includes items like mission and vision statements, annual reports, and project descriptions. Never assume that people know who you are just because you know who you are! Having these materials ready to go makes it much easier to respond to the usual requests from potential funders.
Be Prepared for Rejection – Sorry, but you must recognize how competitive the search for grants is. I had one funder remind me that they usually fund less than 2% of all requests, and they normally receive over 1800 requests a year! What does that mean – it means you research carefully and continue to strategically place grant applications! And remember that rejection from that foundation? Don’t give up, try to apply again in the future, because now they know your name and what you do!
Check with Real Fundraising for assistance with your grant writing program – we are here to help!