With the start of a new year, many people tend to “look back” on the previous year – to learn from the good, the bad, and the ugly and then use their reflections to alter life as needed in anticipation of better results in the year ahead.
We are often asked for examples on all things grant related. Where can I find an example of a grant budget? What is a good example of a grant proposal? Where can I see a sample letter of inquiry?
Applying for grants with little information
Recently, a client hired us to help them apply for a grant from a local foundation. This seemingly standard assignment, however, had a bit of a twist – the Foundation was “off the grid” in that it had no website, no one answered their phone, and no information could be found regarding their grant application process. The Foundation engaged in limited publicity, and our client had only discovered it by reading a press release sent out by one of the Foundation’s grant recipients. Our client’s funding need matched the goals of the recipient organization, hence our client’s interest. However, this scenario posed an interesting problem. In today’s world of information-overload, how does a grant writer proceed when no information is available?