So many grants are written and so many are often left unfunded, even the good ones, simply because there is not enough money to be distributed to every good grant.
More and more today, we are also told by philanthropic bodies that they cannot provide feedback due to the sheer volume of proposals they review. So how do you know if what you’re writing fits into the ‘good’ category or if there are substantial improvements to be made. This proves very challenging.
But now, a relatively new organisation called Unfunded List is supporting organisations working for social outcomes by providing ‘thoughtful and candid feedback’ about unfunded proposals.
If your proposal is selected, it is reviewed (for a minimal fee of $100) by an expert in the field and your proposal and associated feedback is added to the Unfunded List website.
Visit the Unfunded List website…
The Funding Centre is a grants and fundraising hub. Being part of the Our Community group, it is built around a self-sustaining social enterprise model where their paid products help to subsidise the free or low cost ones.
The grants database is a feature of the Fundraising Centre website along with grant writing seminars, free help sheets, sustainable fundraising strategies and information on holding events. They also have dozens of step-by-step guides to help you in many facets of fundraising.
A single user subscription for non-profit organisations and schools is only $85. You receive access to the grants database, customised fundraising newsletter, grants alerts, fundraising tools and an Our Community membership with subscription.
For more information or to subscribe, click here.
Grant writing can be one of the most cost effective ways to generate project funding for your organisation. The key is, however, to make sure you are doing things the best way possible.
Here are a few of handy hints to help you write your best proposal.
- Give yourself plenty of time and be aware of deadlines.
- Read, read and read again. The funder guidelines are crucial to putting every application together. Make sure you read them before you start the application to be sure that you fit the eligibility criteria. When you are finished go back and check you have done everything asked of you.
- Be sure to include as much about WHY you are doing what you do, WHO it will help and HOW it will make a difference in the community for the future.
For more details and useful tips on grant writing success, please email The Fish Chick and request a copy of the best practice for grant writing success help sheet.