For most NGOs, getting funds can come from social media advertisements, events and client meetings. However, an extravagant fundraising activity isn’t the only option organizations can tap in-order to secure support from potential funders.
Grant writing is one of the alternatives for those seeking funds for their organizations. It doesn’t need costly budget or fancy booth, instead, a little play on words can do the trick. A good grant proposal can do wonders for an NGO as it can also boost the organization’s reputation. Keep in mind though, that grant writing can be challenging especially for those who are not wordsmiths and are unfamiliar with its basic rules.
We’ve gathered some helpful tips to help you perfect your grant writing and secure that prized fund with ease!
- Check your eligibility
Before rushing to write that grant proposal and anticipate funding, check first if you are eligible to apply for the grant. Check the grant application details to verify these things: The funding is for the place where your organization works, the funding is aligned with the activities that you provide and that you’ll be able to meet the needs of the funder.
- Be straight to the point
While a little play on words sounds creative, it is suggested especially for grant writers to be clear and concise from the very start on the organization’s goals and why they’re applying for a proposal in the first place. Most grant applications have word limits and it is important to maximize the word count and make sure that the funder understands what exactly you’re asking for.
- Start small, but don’t forget to dream big too
We all want the best for our organizations, and sometimes this leads to people getting lured to write for that “big grant” right away. While this can be a sign of confidence and positivity, it is highly recommended for grant writers to secure small grants first. With the ever present challenge in securing grants, going for small ones will help you correct your mistakes and enhance your current methods. This tip, however, doesn’t mean you’ll always have to go for small ones all the time. When the time is right, you can try going for the big grants and see if you have what it takes.
- Show off your capabilities
Organizations who can show and prove that their projects don’t go to waste are the ones with the highest chances of getting funded. When writing a grant, make sure you outline the experiences and qualification of your team and the achievements you’ve made from the past years.
- Be different
With numerous organizations vying for the same grant, it can be challenging to stand out amongst the competition. Set your organization apart by informing how your organization’s work is different from other non-profits. Distinguishing yourself shouldn’t be difficult if you know how your organization works by heart.
- Proofread before sending
Before submitting your proposal, make sure that you’ve followed the grant guidelines instructed by the funder. Check for grammatical or typographical errors. Often it’s the smallest details that make or break a grant application. Consider having your proposal reviewed by someone credible to check if everything is in its perfect places.
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