Looking for funding? Here are some best-practice tips provided by four local resources for grant writers.
- Do your research. Make sure the priorities of the foundation, corporation or government agency you're applying to are the best match for your organization. Go to their Web site. See who they've funded in the past. Review their eligibility requirements. Make sure you or your organization fits who they fund.
- Quality writing counts. A clear, concise, well-written proposal does make a difference. If you don't have much experience writing grants, or don't feel confident in your writing skills, find someone who does to review your grant before you submit it. Always proof your application.
- Get help if you need it. Take a grant-writing workshop. Go to the Seattle Public Library's Fundraising Resource Center.
- Get face-to-face time. Meet with the program officer for the grant you are applying to. Many funders have staff available to help answer questions or even review draft proposals. Making a personal connection with funders before submitting an application can be invaluable in putting together the strongest application possible.
Not sure where to start? Click here to download the 2006 Grantmaker Profiles from the 3rd Annual Meet the Funders Event presented by People of Color in Philanthropy and Philanthropy Northwest Grantmakers of Color Affinity Group. This booklet provides basic information on many of the grantmakers that serve the Puget Sound region.
These tips were provided by Barbara Fane, Nonprofit Assistance Center; Marci Wing, Northwest Development Officers Association; Patricia Kiyono, Puget Sound Grantwriters Association; and Benling Wong, Seattle Public Library Fundraising Resource Center.