Obtaining grants for organizational funding is an essential part of having a nonprofit organization.
It can be challenging to write a grant that helps you to achieve your goal, which is to persuade another entity to provide funds to your organization.
Certainly, there are some things that you need to know when it comes to grant writing to ensure that you receive the funding you’re looking for. The good news is, however, writing grants isn’t as challenging as some may be led to believe.
We are going to help make grant writing more manageable for you in the steps below. Read more for our tips to knocking your grant writing out of the park.
Every well-written grant encompasses persuasive writing in all sections involved in a grant.
Most grant proposals contain a summary and 7 parts of information gathering, depending on the requirements of the funder.
Start With Your Summary
This is the section where you will provide an overview of your proposal.
This includes the amount of funds that you will be requesting in the grant and a detailed list of any other resources contributed by others.
1. Introduction To Applicant
Describe your organization and why your organization is a worthwhile applicant. This area should be approached like a job resume, but instead of marketing yourself, you are marketing the organization. Funders need to have confidence in your organization and your cause if they’re going to provide you funding.
2. Problem Description
Describe the situation that your organization is in and why the funding is necessary. Explain the issue, why the issue matters, and what has caused the problem, This helps to establish a base for the procedures you will implement with the funding.
Detail the results that you expect your organization to achieve. If you expect children to improve in their studies detail where the children are currently and how each child will enhance their educational skills.
4. Program Plans
This section should be about the plans your organization intends to use to achieve the goals you’ve listed. Who will be delegated to each task and how they will accomplish those tasked goals.
5. Plan Evaluation
How will you assess the work that is being completed by your organization? How do you plan to monitor and track all progress that is made? And how will you will determine if the program in place is accomplishing the outcomes that you’ve set for the organization?
6. Sustained Impact
Explain how your organization will continue to make progress once the funding period has ended. It may be beneficial to detail that some programs will be traded for others to achieve goals in a more efficient manner.
Funders want to see that when a program isn’t necessary that it’s been removed.
Now for the part where you give an outline of what you intend to spend the grant funding on. Provide a breakdown of the budget and the places that funds will be allocated to support your proposed program.
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All of these tips above and descriptions of each section will help you improve your grant writing and increase your odds of securing the grants that you want.
Remember, funders want to know exactly how their money will be spent down to every activity and every penny spent.