Our clients are passionate about their goals. However, transferring that passion into a strong justification for the grant can be tricky. In this blog, TheGrantHelpers.com offers several ideas for use in justifying a grant to the funding organization to which you are applying.
Consider the benefits. Your grant must benefit someone, and the more people who benefit, the merrier. Try to consider the benefits as they exist beyond people. For example, if you are applying for an energy grant, people may benefit, but so might the environment, including plants and wildlife. If you are trying to justify a garden grant for schools, consider that people may benefit not only from the food produced, but also, students may benefit from the curriculum associated with a garden, including science, math and economics.
Consider workplace and social skills: Workplace skills will include planning, time management, problem solving and team work. Social skills will include communication, persuasion, inclusion, understanding the challenges of others, etc. These types of skills might apply to certain groups of the population more than others. For example, if your grant involves children, it may be worth pointing out that the project could help children begin developing these types of skills.
Focus on positive image: Consider the types of positive images associated with the project you are trying to fund. How would the community perceive this project as positive? Will the project generate feelings of good will and possibly result in donations to further the project? Consider adding information explaining how you will direct that good will to reflect positively on others.
Consider special projects: Consider whether or not there is a way for you to involve specific community groups in your project. For example, if you are trying to start a community or school garden, you might encourage students to develop recipes and menus incorporating the vegetables they've grown. Perhaps the food and/or recipes can be shared with the food pantries as well as local families. In this example, projects done with the help of students could also lend themselves to cross-curricular interest areas such as math and science to determine rate of growth, amounts of moisture, etc. or language arts to write about the process of planting the garden, growing the food, how it felt to deliver it to needy families, etc.
Consider benefits of volunteering: There are many benefits that may apply to your grant if your program includes volunteer efforts. Click this link to see an article with more ideas.
Cite numbers: Whatever the main benefits of your program, support your impact with statistics and measurable goals. How many lives will you touch? How many dollars will you save? How many ex-offenders will you place into productive jobs? How much pollution will you remove? Find ways to measure your outcomes so you can demonstrate what you will accomplish.
Sometimes, a strong justification for your grant program can prove to be the trickiest component of writing your grant proposal. If you need additional assistance, our team of experts is here to help. We offer free consultations and are happy to help you think things through. Contact us today.
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