Create Your Infrastructure

There is a simple truth when it comes to grantseeking: If you don’t build a good foundation for your grants program, ultimately it will not be sustainable. 

Why is that? Because people come and people go, leadership changes, and the very nature of how we do our work changes. To sustain grantseeking there has to be consistency in both the approach and management of the program.

Having solid policies and procedures in place is important to building reliable grants income through grantseeking. In addition, understanding your capacity to write and submit proposals and manage grants is key to handling everyone’s expectations. This may involve establishing a grantseeking team made up of staff, or a combination of staff and volunteers. This section walks you through these steps towards building a strong grants program.

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