I often get questions about the type of information that is needed in order to complete a grant application. A grant application requires not only a strong story that tugs on the heartstrings, but there is also a long list of organizational paperwork required to make the request valid. We know the story, the mission, the passion is the driving force for the very existence of your organization. Telling the story is often the easy part. However, I find myself urging organizations to go back to the basics in order to set a strong foundation for the grant application process.
Each grant application will ask for the following documentation:
A strong grant application will have all of these documents readily available. The best way to win a grant is to have transparency, thorough information and a kick-ass reporting/monitoring and evaluation process. Funders want to know they are entering a relationship with an organization that takes things seriously. They want to know that their money is being wisely used, and more importantly having a positive impact. Funders want to see numbers; they want to see results.
Although I love hearing the passionate stories that drive nonprofit organizations into existence, I urge you to set a strong foundation with your paperwork. Almost treating your organization as a for-profit business structure. This solid foundation can truly go a long way when requesting funding. They good news is that once you set this paperwork up right, you can reuse it over and over for each grant you apply for!
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