Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Researching and writing grants ... what do those words mean?

I recently had a wonderful conversation with Mandy Pearce, owner of Funding for Good. She is a wiz-bang guru at the art of helping non-profits and municipalities find grant dollars. She also teaches classes. I was quite amazed with her knowledge.

I invite you to watch this video she produced which addresses the question in the title of this post - "researching" and "writing" grants. It helps to know a good deal about both elements, yet they are different. In this video, she also explains about some of the elements which go into a grant request. If you're unfamiliar with the granting process, this is a great video to watch.

One of the things I learned from her is that communication is central between your organization and someone who is trying to find you grant money. A researcher and a writer need to feel your pain, your angst, so they can craft a compelling request. A non-profit needs to be open and honest about the organization, board members, financial statement, and the list goes on.

MARKETING TIP: If you have non-profit organization and are looking to fund a project, share your opportunity with your community. Local residents may be able to provide additional justification to enhance your application packet. The people that your organization helps will appreciate the opportunity to provide you helpful feedback.

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