When it comes to grantwriting, it can be confusing to decide which kinds of grants to go after.
Here’s a quick-and-dirty explanation of private, corporate, and government grants.
Typically, I like to go after private foundation grant opportunities first. They tend to be the easiest to apply for and the easiest to follow up on. If I can find someone on my organization’s Board who knows someone on the foundation Board, it helps so much to make that connection. I’ve had great success in building relationships with private foundations that lasted for years and resulted in thousands of dollars for my organizations.
Next I go after corporate foundations. These tend to give money to organizations with missions that are aligned with their business purpose. These can fluctuate with the economy, but are still a great source of funding.
Government grants tend to be much larger, but have more strings attached. The applications are usually much more complicated and involve lots more work, but the payoff is really worth it.
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