By Diane H. Leonard, GPC, President/Owner, DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC
Grant research, in particular grant research focused on expanding an existing grant portfolio, can feel like an insurmountable task. In fact, it can feel like you are on the hunt to find a diamond in the rough. So then, how when faced with such a task can you grow your grant revenue for your organization?
BY DIANE H. LEONARD, GPC, DH Leonard Consulting and Grant Writing Services, LLC
I often talk about the 3 R’s of Grant Seeking: Research, Relationships, and wRiting. The point of the 3 R’s of Grant Seeking is that you need to follow the three steps with every potential application whether for a new funding partner or for an existing funding partner. Here are our 5 tips to improve your grant funder relationships:
1 - Contact your potential funding source prior to applying (whether a new or existing relationship!). Follow their communication preference and capacity guidelines regarding communication. Bottom line, ALWAYS call or email to talk about if your proposal will be competitive if they will allow such a dialogue.
by Diane H. Leonard, GPC
In my previous post, I talked about the key roles/positions to pull together on a grant team. If you missed it, you can read it here.
I recommend creating a core team of those intimately familiar with the grant application, process, and details of the application and then a support team of those who are supportive of the effort and familiar with the project and application, but are not necessarily needed at all meetings or on all email exchanges and draft reviews.
As you are establishing your grant team, it is key to outline what your expectations are for the role of the grant team and how you would like to most effectively utilize the team' members core competencies and resources.
By Diane H. Leonard, GPC
When putting together a team for a grant team for an organization, you need to make sure that you have all of your key positions covered within the players at the table:
In addition to identifying the key members of your grant team, you need to have someone who is ultimately facilitating/coaching the team and inviting others to the team to sub in as necessary, be it an Executive Director, Town Supervisor, or Grants and Foundations Director.
BY DIANE H. LEONARD, GPC3 R'S OF GRANT WRITING, GRANT FUNDER RELATIONSHIPS, GRANT RESEARCH, GRANT WRITING2
I often get questions about what is the best approach to a successful grant seeking strategy. I wish that there were a perfect fool proof grant seeking formula like the featured cartoon above for you to apply within your organization in order to generate the grant revenue necessary to implement your programs and achieve your mission.
However, while there is no perfect formula to grant seeking success, there are some key best practices to follow that will help you create your own personalized equation for success in grant seeking. I believe that you need to follow the 3 R’s of grant seeking in order to maintain a balance and proactive grant seeking approach.
BY DIANE H. LEONARD, GPC MEGAN HILL, SUSTAINABILITY
Written by Megan Hill of Professional Grant Writers
Tips for writing the sustainability section of your grant proposal
One of the most neglected aspects of any grant proposal — federal, state, or foundation — is the sustainability section.
Funders often ask how your organization plans to sustain its activities. They want to see you’ll survive after their investment period has ended, after you’ve cashed their check. They want to rest easy knowing your nonprofit won’t close its doors a few months after they send you grant money.
From a nonprofit’s perspective, the answer seems obvious: We’ll raise more money! Duh! But that’s not good enough. If you don’t pay close attention to this section and develop a good plan, it will be a major red flag against funding your proposal. Raising more money — rather through grants or individual donations or events — is a good starting point, but consider some other avenues, such as: