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Finding Grants

  • Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants.

  • Foundation Finder offers basic information on grantmakers in the U.S. including private foundations, community foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate giving programs.

  • Grant-Making Foundations is a subject organized list of granting agencies created by Google (Education, Science, Medicine, Community & Public Foundations, Corporate grantors, etc.).

Writing Grants and Securing Funding

Non-profit organizations survive on grant funding. But what grants are available and where do you find them? The key to success is to thoroughly research all funding opportunities. The number one reason why grant proposals are rejected is because the proposed project did not fall within the funding priorities of the funder or the organization requesting funds did not meet the eligibility requirements.

If your organization has a specific project or program for which you are seeking funding and you would like some assistance in researching potential funding sources, contact Advantage Consulting Services. We'll be happy to assist you with your research and help you determine appropriate options. We also contract to write grant proposals.

But if you or others on your staff want to learn how to research grant opportunities and write successful grant proposals, Advantage Consulting offers trainings and workshops in grant research and proposal writing.

If you have any questions about locating grants or writing proposals, or if you would like more information about additional resources or the services we provide, please contact us by sending an email stating your questions or your specific request for information.  

Five Steps of Grantsmanship

Step One: Vision.  The passionate mission of a nonprofit organization leads to a concrete program to enrich the human condition or trigger social change. Every proposal, no matter how isolated the goals or modest the grant amount requested, should reflect an ambitious vision. 

Step Two:  Philanthropy.  The organization must identify a grantmaking institution that shares this vision and has the resources to become a funding partner. 

Step Three:  Language.  The vision must be translated into concrete terms with clear goals, measurable objectives, and specific outcomes. 

Step Four: Submission.  In the spirit of partnership, the proposal should be submitted for evaluation by the grantmaking institution. 

Step Five: Continuation.  If the proposal is funded, future charitable activities should grow out of this initial success and the philanthropic institution should be cultivated for future partnership. If the proposal is denied, the language becomes the building block for future submissions.


The Foundation of Your Proposal

Every successful grant proposal starts with a justifiable statement of need. Remember, you are competing for a limited pool of dollars, and your needs statement needs to do two things:  set your organization apart from others requesting funding, and persuade the funder that your project is meeting a vital need in your community.

The needs statement is a very important component of the grant proposal because it discusses the need or needs that the project or program will address with the funds received through the grant.

Answering several key questions creates the Needs Statement:

  • What is the problem that requires a solution?
  • What will happen if this need is not addressed?
  • What evidence is available to document this need?
  • Why must this problem be addressed now?
  • What unique qualities does your organization possess that will enable you to address this need?
  • How long will it take you to address this need, and how much will it cost?


How can we better the odds of getting a grant?

Follow guidelines precisely. Work key phrases from the foundation's statement of purpose into your statement of objectives. Have any of your board members or good friends who know any foundation board members write them personal letters in support of the proposal. Include as addenda letters of support from important people, helpful excerpts from official sources and news clippings. Note: many grant writers swear that success requires establishing a personal (by phone) relationship with someone at the foundation.


How can we learn more about what funders want in a proposal?

Send a brief letter describing your organization and requesting guidelines. If the directory shows that a foundation publishes an annual report, ask for it, too. Some foundations will respond (in polite language) that you haven't a chance with them; some will ignore your request; and some will send very helpful information. Study it carefully. Many foundations welcome phone calls and will give you a frank estimate of your chances. Be prepared to answer pointed questions about your organization, your project, and your plans.






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