Within the eighteen years that I’ve spent in nonprofit fundraising, and particularly in my years as a devoted grant writing guide, I’ve had my share of rejections from grant funders. Do you’re feeling such as you’re in a stoop currently working your fingers to the bone solely to be met with disappointment after disappointment? Do not despair!
#1 Concentrate on grant makers which have the identical mission as you. Are you really spending sufficient time researching becoming potential grant funders or simply utilizing a machine gun strategy and firing out functions whether or not or not you qualify? After I’m requested by nonprofits why their grants aren’t funded, that is the issue I most frequently see. The nonprofit merely did not take the time to research the funder’s pursuits, their funding restrictions and general normal tips. A number of heartache (in addition to time and vitality) might be saved by focusing solely on high quality leads.
#2 Observe all grant tips to the letter. Consider this: you might be at all times in competitors with different nonprofits for that grant maker’s cash and funders will take each alternative they’ll to eliminate functions that may’t even observe easy directions. It’s possible you’ll assume it unfair but it surely’s the reality. Grant makers are bombarded with functions and it makes their job simpler to eradicate as many as potential. Do you wish to be the one who goes within the trash can first? Then please take my recommendation and observe all directions offered. Not some. Not most. All of them.
#3 Use concrete proof to persuade funders that your want is a real neighborhood drawback. You may almost definitely use a wide range of knowledge to help your declare – simply make it possible for your knowledge assortment is nicely documented. When utilizing Web analysis, make certain that the web sites you are referencing are respected and present. If utilizing your individual analysis, present your technique of assortment and clarify how the information was collected. When citing authorities that talk in your subject, doc who mentioned it and the supply the place you discovered it.
#4 Embody an analysis part in your proposal. Do you will have a stable analysis plan in place to measure the success of your proposal? Grant funders wish to see that you’ve a way to gather knowledge about your venture. The info can show that your proposal was precisely on course or it may discover enhancements that have to be made to your program. Do not be afraid of analysis – it may be so simple as a small focus group the place program members are requested questions earlier than and after the venture. Grant funders identical to to see that you simply’re as invested within the success of the venture as they’re.
#5 Ask them why you were not funded. You is likely to be amazed at what you will discover out. I as soon as referred to as after we have been rejected and located that my proposal was really the very best scored! I will not go into particulars right here however I used to be instructed to principally ship the identical proposal the subsequent 12 months and it could be funded. And it was. If I hadn’t referred to as, I might need simply assumed they’d by no means have an interest and the nonprofit would’ve missed out on a $75,000 grant. On this case their rejection wasn’t a “no” it was a “not now.” It was merely a timing challenge. You possibly can dance round it however I at all times recommend calling to speak to a program officer a few rejected grant.