With the right tools and strategies in place, finding applicable grants doesn’t have to be a time-intensive process. Below, we offer three resource-saving tips so that organizations can find relevant grants—faster.
1. Have Clear Goals, Mission and Vision
Before diving into grant research, evaluate your organization’s goals, mission and vision. This helps your nonprofit:
- Understand the need for funding, so that you apply for grants with purpose.
- Find awarding agencies that share similar values.
- Understand how grants will impact your organization and align with goals.
2. Utilize Grant-Seeking Tools
With a grasp on funding needs, personalize your search with a grant-research tool.
Grant-research tools decrease time spent finding the perfect grants for your organization. These tools search through multiple databases of available opportunities, and narrow grants down by:
- Eligibility requirements.
- Funder types.
- Geographic regions.
Example grant research tools, include:
- AmpliFund Research Module: Streamlines the grant-research process by providing easy access to a continuously updated database of federal, state, corporate and foundation grants.
- Grants.gov: Managed and regulated by the United State Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide a centralized location to search and apply for federal funding.
- GrantStation: Helps organizations identify potential funding sources and provides resources to guide them through the grant-research process.
Connect grant research with effective management strategies to increase efficiency and save your organization time and money.
3. Write Grant Proposals More Efficiently
Effective and accurate grant proposals are key to winning funds for your organization. Yet, the average proposal can take up to twenty hours to create. To write strong proposals, in less time:
- Develop a grants team. Create a team with clearly defined roles to eliminate confusion or miscommunication over responsibilities.
- Review requirements and deadlines before creating a proposal to ensure your organization is a fit and timelines are doable.
- Create a detailed outline. The more robust your outline, the easier it will be to flesh out your proposal once the outline has been reviewed internally.
- Leverage past-performance data. If you have won funding in the past, incorporate performance data to demonstrate a history of proper spending.
- Store critical information in a centralized location, such as grant management software. This allows you to gather data quickly when creating proposals.
Interested in further improving the ROI of your organization’s grant management efforts? Download our ebook, “Finding Your Grant Management Software ROI.”
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