Networking is important for anyone and, for any industry. You never know who may know who, and who can connect you to the very resource you have been longing to meet.
Networking, especially for organizations seeking funding, is very important. Not only will this connection help you reach resources you are seeking, this connection may be the one organization you need to partner with in future grant proposals.
Grants awarded on partnerships
Most grants are awarded based on solid partnerships. You will want to make connections with organizations and people who are closely aligned to your organization’s mission, vision and goals.
Don’t limit your network to just organizations in your niche, expand your network to other areas. They may actually need your partnership for a proposal they are applying for.
If you are an organization focused on providing assistance for veterans, for example, you will need to partner with other veteran organizations as well as organizations that provide child care, health assistance, transportation, housing, job skills training and educational institutions.
This may lead to a small amount of funding for your organization. Although, you may not be the lead entity applying for the grant, the opportunity for you to provide your services to other organization is really what community organization is about.
GRAB THE DREAM!!!Genola B. Johnson
Dr. Genola Johnson is the Executive Director of Johnson & Associates Consulting Firm, LLC a grant writing firm. For more information on JACF, visit www.jacf.net