Tips for writing a grant proposal based on your fundraiser
Along with your crowdfunding fundraiser, you may want to apply for a grant from a foundation devoted to supporting causes like yours. Should you earn a grant, you can ask that the money be disbursed directly as a donation to your crowdfunding fundraiser. Here are some tips for writing a compelling grant proposal:
Cover the basics
Use the description from your crowdfunding page as a starting place for your grant proposal. Cover the “who,” “what,” and (most importantly) “why” of your fundraiser or project. Include a synopsis of your work so far, an explanation of what makes your work unique, what you expect to accomplish with the funds, who you are, and your qualifications as well as those of your team members. Explain how your project plans to survive if it doesn’t receive the grant or after the allocated money has been used.
Remember that your proposal must be convincing. It should provide a compelling, coherent argument for why your fundraiser should receive the grant.
When you write your proposal, also include specific financial information, including a budget for the use of any money received. Attach all relevant financial documents and proof of your organization’s 501(c)(3) status.
Do your research
There are countless foundations out there with money to give. Look for foundations that share your values, and explore the types of grants typically given to support causes like yours. Before you take action, talk to people who work in fundraising and educate yourself online. Pay attention to grant requirements including which groups and projects may qualify for funding, proposal length and format, application deadlines, and disbursal dates.