Advancing Nonprofit Capacity

Craft Your Strategy

Here is the latest blog from Heather’s upcoming book, In the Trenches: Grantsmanship.

Your grant seeking strategy should be evaluated and updated regularly to reflect the changing dynamics of your agency’s programs (at least on an annual basis as part of planning for the next year).

Capital funding is needed for:

  • Capital projects
  • Program projects
  • Matching support
  • New programs/projects

How do you evaluate your grants? Is the grant a good fit for any of your programs/projects?  Review the priorities for prospective grant makers and check to see if any have changed recently. You can organize information for potential grants by:

  • Creating a grants goldmine
  • Examining your funding strengths and weaknesses for the upcoming year
  • Adding the application deadlines for the grants you intend to apply for to your calendar.

You can save time through preparation. The following should be on hand and easily accessible:

  • Standard attachments
  • Current program/project budgets
  • Brief descriptions of programs/projects, including outcomes from most recent year.

How do you position yourself to appeal to funders? As you develop new grant proposals, think ahead. What is the need and continued need for the program? Are you measuring things that are important to prospective funders? Review the applications/guidelines for grant proposals for prospective funders. Are there common goals, objectives or outcomes between multiple funders?

What steps will you take to craft your grant seeking strategy?

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