Don’t you love a good tip?
I had the fortune to hear a friend of mine, Betsy Baker, give a presentation on grantwriting recently. She shared a lot of good information, and I wanted to pass on a few tips to you.
Did you know? Over $38 billion dollars were given to nonprofit organizations from private foundations last year. That’s a LOT of money! And that’s just from private foundations. It doesn’t count government money.
If you’re just getting started with grantwriting, start with a private foundation grant. They’re easiest. Don’t start with a government grant.
Be ready to prove that your programs are important to the community. Your persuasive writing must demonstrate this fact to the grant reader.
When you apply to a potential funder, you are a possible investment for them. So think about that as you’re putting your proposal together. Would you fund you?
Talk about the benefits of your programs and projects, not the features. Features are fact – benefits are emotion. When you share the impact your nonprofit’s work has on the community, you’re sharing benefits.
Find potential funders that are a good match for the program or project you are seeking funds for. When you have a hand-in-glove fit, you’re much more likely to get funded.
So do your homework before you start to write anything.