Applying for grant funds is a high risk, high reward pursuit. Grants can be awarded to for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, units of government, and individuals. Before making application to State or Federal government programs, foundations or other funding sources, every organization should have an up-to-date strategic plan. Randolph Consulting can work with you to increase the likelihood of grant seeking success within a comprehensive strategic framework.
Randolph Consulting can help you:
- research potential funding sources to match your strategic objectives
- contact potential funders before submitting an application
- write timely and effective grant proposals
Seeking grant funding is a highly competitive arena. Organizations with a history of successful grant funded projects from any particular funding source have the track record and relationships established to be successful in subsequent requests. Successfully obtaining funding through grant proposals from new funding sources or for new applicants often requires significant research and cultivation of the prospective funding agency, including both its staff and board. Grantors often prefer to fund new programs, which will require a long-term organizational commitment to the effort, including funding the project after the grant funds are expended. GRANTS ARE NOT FREE MONEY. Even well researched and written grant requests have a relatively low likelihood of being funded due to current economic conditions.
Like fund raising, grant writing is most effective as part of an over-all strategy within the scope of your strategic plan. Your organization’s resources may best be applied to your core mission and fund raising while you develop a robust relationship with potential granting sources.
Randolph Consulting emphasizes strategic planning before fund raising or grant seeking because the best efforts in both areas require clear and concise goals and objectives. Many non-profit organizations lose focus on their core mission and objectives by seeking available grant money. Avoid mission creep by adhering stubbornly to your strategic plan. If your mission is to get money, you will fail. If your mission addresses a compelling need, you will succeed. Focus on your mission always.
If you have an up-to-date strategic plan and desire experienced grant writing assistance to meet your core objectives, please contact us.