When it comes to making an impact with any given project, one organization can do only so much. Fortunately, organizations can extend their impact by working with other individuals and organizations. Since demonstrating impact is key to attracting grant dollars, as discussed in Part III of this blog series, you can increase your odds of funding by increasing your partnerships and hence your reach.
One of the “hidden” aspects of writing a successful grant application is providing strong letters of support in your application. Letters of support are typically required from partners if the proposal includes them. Optional letters may be from other parties who may or may not be directly involved in the project, but who can vouch for the value of proposed work and the qualifications of the applicant.
Grant applications with multiple collaborators and supporters tend to fare better than solitary applications. Funders like agencies that leverage, rather than duplicate, existing resources. Funders also like groups that are aware enough to understand the local support ecosystem and can operate efficiently with others in their space. Furthermore, funders respond favorably knowing their dollars are stretched further by assistance from other partners.Strong partners will not only appeal to the funder, but they can also participate in developing the proposal. Often they can provide additional data to support need and potential impact. They’ll frequently review proposal drafts and provide useful suggestions and criticisms to strengthen the content.