Submission Differences You Should Know Before Applying for International Grant Funding

By Beverly A. Browning

Do your homework before approaching an international grant funder for support. Being prepared is the key to successful fundraising. A few of the most important steps to take in advance:

  1. Find out the funder’s preferred language before you start writing.

    A Spanish funder may prefer to see applications in English as opposed to Spanish, for example.

    If the preferred language isn’t English, you may want to consider using a translating service after you’ve written your letter of inquiry or grant application in English. The quickest way to find a translating service is to conduct a general Internet search.

    Just type in “Spanish translator” or whatever language you need. This type of search finds translators for any language. Asking for references from the translators you find is always a good idea; that way, you get an idea of their work.

  2. Follow the recommended method of initial approach, which should be spelled out in the foundation summary you find during your research.

    Unless you’re directed otherwise, your first contact should be a well-written letter of inquiry.

    Keep in mind that spelling is one of the adjustments you have to make when approaching Europe- and Canada-based funding sources. Program may become programme, organization may become organisation, and center may become centre, just to name a few of the most common spelling quirks.