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27. Fundraising - Grant Proposals

Grant proposals

Grant proposals or applications can be an important part of your fundraising, as an effective grant application can be a good source of funds. Grant applications often have several components, which may include:

  • A formal statement (with supporting evidence) of what your non-profit group is 
  • Letters of reference 
  • A formal proposal stating your intention for the grant money 
  • Plans for your programs or group's facilities 
  • A business plan for your organization 
  • Information about your current resources and a list of resources you need 
  • Information about your workers/group members/volunteers 
  • Future plans and goals for your group 
  • Financial papers that show what your group needs 

The grant application will tell you what material you need to submit. It is vital that you follow all directions for filling out the application exactly. Many grant providers will automatically reject any applications that do not follow the application instructions.

Look at an example of a successful grant application, if possible, to get a sense of what sorts of applications get a specific grant.

Grant providers want to make sure that the money from their grant is used as well as possible. This means that in your proposal you need to prove that your group is organized and responsible enough to use the grant money wisely and in the method stated in the application. So, in  your application, stress how many people your group can help with the money and how the grant money will be used to create a better life for these people in some way. The more compelling reasons you give grant providers that you will use the money carefully and effectively, the more likely you are to get the grant.

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Practical Fundraising Ebook - Table Of Contents

  1. Fundraising - The Basics  
  2. Fundraising - Terminology 
  3. Fundraising - Money 
  4. Fundraising - Where to Find Donors and How to Reach Them 
  5. Fundraising - Targeting Your Donors 
  6. Fundraising - Research 
  7. Fundraising - Your Donors' Needs 
  8. Fundraising - Ideas 
  9. Fundraising - Donated Products 
  10. Fundraising - Bought Products 
  11. Fundraising - Marathons 
  12. Fundraising - Lotteries, raffles and more 
  13. Fundraising - Fairs, Auctions and Bazaars 
  14. Fundraising - Fun Events 
  15. Fundraising - Drives 
  16. Fundraising - Services 
  17. Fundraising - Tips for Choosing a Fundraising Idea 
  18. Fundraising - Your Plan 
  19. Fundraising - Your Team 
  20. Fundraising - Staying Organized 
  21. Fundraising - Communicating With Your Donors 
  22. Fundraising - Advertising 
  23. Fundraising - Letters 
  24. Fundraising - Emails and more 
  25. Fundraising - Person to Person 
  26. Fundraising - Thank You Notes 
  27. Fundraising - Grant Proposals 
  28. Fundraising - Press Releases 
  29. Fundraising - With Computers 
  30. Fundraising - Secrets to Success 
  31. Fundraising - Problems 
  32. Fundraising - Conclusions 


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