At Boston Web Group, we are always looking to offer our services and altruism.
We want your organization to succeed, which is why we have developed our own Non-profit Website Grant which awards your non-profit with a $500 credit toward services. Your registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization can use these credits at our agency to help propel your internet presence.
If you’re looking for ideas on writing and applying for grants, please check out these helpful hints.
5 Grant Writing TIPs for Nonprofits
1. Show how You will Use Funding
A clear plan will help you secure unrestricted funding. A commitment to correcting inequities in philanthropy is the premise of the Trust-Based Philanthropy movement. Not only do they call for simplified granting, but they advocate for funders to trust the knowledge and expertise of nonprofit organizations. This allows the organizations put the funding where it’s needed most, rather than the grantor dictate how and where the funding should be allocated.
2. Have a Clear Plan for the Funds
Have a plan for moving forward. Most funding applicants don’t have an answer for how the program will be sustained after the funding has dried up. Grantors want to be assured of the longevity of funding programs. Not only do grantors want to know if programming will continue, but they also want to know if it will be applicable to another community with similar efforts. For many non-profits, this is not an easy question to tackle.
3. DEFINE Funding Success
Have some metrics for success after your funds are awarded. If your nonprofit’s grant proposal is approved, how will you measure the funds’ impact? Will you consider the number of people who attended your events or how many people you engaged with? From attendance to transformation, consider measuring the impact that brings granting to its most foundational element: supporting and transforming lives. It’s important to define success so that you’re not spending aimlessly, and instilling some confidence in your donor’s mind.
4. SIZE YOUR Grant Request
Some problems you may have are too large for any single donor to solve. Be prepared to lean upon the collective knowledge and actions of a larger group. As you prepare to write your grant proposal, consider searching for nonprofit partners. Think of these grantors as possible collaborators and seek funding to solve those big problems as a group effort.
5. Personalize your Grant Request
The old process of Grant writing used to be a cut-and-paste operation: change the grantor’s name and press send. Hit or miss, mostly miss. Treat your grantors in the same way you treat your donors. Get to know their styles, values, and funding interests. Make a voice call and see if your project is actually a good fit. Making a human connection is vitally important in most cases, and will help you win more grants.