Generating a Grants Strategy

by Cynthia M. Adams, CEO,

After you have developed a Project Summary for each project or program for which you need funding in the next 12 to 18 months, you will then launch into an extensive grants research phase.

The trick is to stay focused, researching only one project at a time. A disciplined approach will help you complete this task quickly.

Start your research by looking at all government funding sources. Refer to the key words you listed on the Project Summary to guide your research. Begin with local government and state funding agencies and move on to federal agencies. You can use the GrantStation searchable database of State and Federal Grants & Loans to make the search quick and easy.

Doing government research upfront accomplishes two things:

  1. Government funding is often “one stop shopping.”  In other words, it should be a large enough grant award to cover most, if not all, of the project costs (although some government grants require a non-government match).
  2. If you can’t identify any...
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