Thousands of private and public programs disburse billions of grant dollars every year. Here are some pointers on how to best present your organization's case to receive some of this revenue.
1. Who are they? Where are they?
2. Getting the goods.
You don't just call up a foundation and ask for a check. There are at least three important steps to getting grant money:
Remember, grant makers are concerned about social problems — so much so that they invest their money to address these issues. That is the key to writing a successful grant proposal: those with the money are not just a source of funds — they have their own agendas.
A good proposal reflects the priorities of the sponsor, so the writer must understand the sponsor's views and concerns.