FUNDRAISING through GRANTS
by Brenda Heenan, Webmaster
TIPS & HINTS FOR GRANT WRIITNG:
It is helpful to do your homework before requesting grants to make sure your society's project goals and the grantor's goals are a match. Some "tweaking" of the wording in your project description might make all the difference in appealing to the grantor.
Echoing the "buzz" words (the grantor's wording re its funding objective) in your proposal increases the chances of a positive outcome.
It takes many volunteer hours to prepare a grant proposal, so always contact the grantor before writing your proposal to make sure you are on the right track before you get started. Use your notes and buzz words when talking about your project.
Remember your passion for your project and express it in your speech and writing.
The 'voice' of your request for funding should not be pleading or desperate, but full of confidence that your project will fulfil a need in your community and that your organization is the best one to take the project to conclusion.
Here are links to outside websites that can help your fundraising committee reach the organizations that fund specific projects.
The CK Find Funding Directory is a comprehensive database of grants and other funding opportunities for community organizations. Each listing includes the eligible groups and specific aims of the grant, as well as a link to more detailed information.
OHA's fundraising page includes advice about the following:
- Organizing a Community Project
- Approaching Local Businesses
- Proposal Writing Tips
- Partners & Funding
- School Ground & Community Palnting Project Funders
PRESENTATION MAGAZINE website:
- Top 10 tips for delivering your presentation
- Using PowerPoint to raise money
- 11 Top Tips for Improving your Presentation Technique