Knowing Where to Look for Grant Funding
Part of the Grant Writing For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Before you can write a grant proposal, you need to know who’s interested in funding projects similar to the one you’re proposing for funding. Do your homework to locate as many potential grant-funding sources as possible, and use these tips to help:
Start looking for funders locally. Try community foundations, businesses, the United Way, and city and county government agencies.
Look at your list of vendors to see where you’re spending your money so you can get some of it back.
Talk to bank trust officers and marketing vice presidents to see what trust funds they administer and what advertising dollars are available for community projects, respectively.
Use the Internet or head to your local public library’s reference department to find resources through online grant maker databases.
Network with veteran grant writers to find out about their funding resource network.
Talk to community and economic development agency personnel about your project and ask for help in finding the monies you need for program development or research endeavors.
Call your governor’s office and ask about state agency grant funding and other monies that may be available for your organization or business.
Read your local newspaper and any local or regional business journals to identify potential corporate funders or families with money to spare.
Attend all public events where the who’s who crowd will be gathered and hand out your business cards. Just make sure your agency’s mission and contact info are on the card!
Prepare and distribute a press release to all local and regional media announcing that you have a project in need of funding.
Call your congressional team members to let them know more about your organization (the grant applicant) and its need for grant funding. Ask if they can start to track any federal bucks that fit your needs.