- Make sure your house is in order. Ensure you have your 501c3 letter from the IRS. Many grants require proof of this document. Also make sure you update yearly as to not to loose your status and start the application process over.
- Have appropriate state and business licenses.
- Research appropriate grants. Make sure the grant you are applying for fits your organization’s needs.
- Don’t miss the deadline.
- Read the directions many, many times and follow them exactly. This often kicks out very good grant proposals.
- Have a website. I know, this may sound insignificant, but now days, websites are very, very cheap. Usually under $20.00 for domain name and site per year. Most sites come with simple templates that can be easily navigated. Of course if you want fancy slides, buttons and whistles, you will pay more but at least have a home, about us and contact us page.
- Have a checking or savings account in the organization’s name. Some grants may require an audit, so keep this in mind.
Applying for grants takes a lot of work. This can be a full-time job in itself. However, a very organized and detail oriented person can accomplish this task.
To learn more specifics about what your organization will need for grant proposals, we are going to be in Arlington, VA December 5, 2014. Click here for registration and more detail information.
Look forward to seeing you!Genola B. Johnson