Grantseeking is a multibillion-dollar-a-year business. If it were a single company, it would rank at the top of the Fortune 500 list. Grantmakers give away money because of their concern about social problems, injustices, or inequities. Grantseekers that are successful correctly perceive the sponsor's view of the world and incorporate that view in their grant proposal. Successful grantseekers are able to reflect the "priorities" of the sponsor. Many times, however, grantseekers dwell on their own need for funding instead of correlating their projects with the grantmaker's goals and mission. Sponsors view grants as investments in improving the future and furthering their mission. Proposals are funded when they express the same priorities shared by the grantmaker. Projects are rejected when they do not precisely reflect the priorities of the grantmaker (Miner, 1998).
What is grantseeking all about?
- Developing an idea
- Organizing for action
- Establishing contact with a funding source
- Writing a proposal and following up
- Administering the grant
- Evaluating the project
Before you write the proposal consider:
- Is there a problem or need of significant magnitude that you propose to solve?
- Does your agency have the means and the imagination to solve the problem or meet the need?
Letter of Transmittal
- Funder's name, title, and address
- A brief overview of the organization and its purpose
- The reason for the funding request
- The amount of funding requested
- The need the project intends to meet (including target population, statistics, example)
- A brief description of the project
- Does not exceed two pages (one page is recommended)
- Includes name and phone number of contact at the organization
- Is signed by the person who can speak with authority on behalf of the organization
Important areas to cover in your proposal
- Qualifications of the Organization
- Problem Statement or Needs Assessment
- Program Goals and Objectives
- Future Funding