We recently polled a group of nonprofits to learn more about their grant writing efforts and the grant writing challenges they face. I’ve already tackled one common obstacle (the lack of time to find and apply for grants) in a previous blog post. Another challenge that seemed to pop up frequently was the fact that organizations did not know where to find grant opportunities.
Serendipitously, this has been a hot topic over at the Linked In Forums in the Grant Writer’s Group. My three favorite suggestions of where to find grants are below, but be sure to also visit the forum and read everyone’s great ideas.
It seems like everyone has a Twitter account these days (we do!). If you know some of the key grantmakers in your industry, make sure you “follow” their online accounts. Grant announcements are often mentioned through these avenues, in addition to their website.
Within your Network
Is your organization known within its community? Spread the word about your funding needs. You never know who might come across a grant opportunity and send it your way. Similarly, connect with similar organizations and ask about their previous grant successes. Sharing resources makes everyone stronger.
The Foundation Center has an expansive newsletter list and is quick to break the story of major grant awards. While this is a reactive option (the grants have already been awarded, after all), it never hurts to be aware of the type of organizations and projects grant makers are funding. Take note of grant programs that seem like a match for your organization and do some research to see if you might apply for the next round of funding.
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