The Grant Decision Matrix is an analytical tool that you can build to help you make quick, objective decisions about which grant opportunities you ought to pursue, and which ones you should not. Adopting and using this tool requires some concerted brainwork and a little time. Once the matrix is developed you can run application guidelines through it to determine if an opportunity is a good use of your time and energy and has a good chance at a positive outcome.
Cynthia M. Adams has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofit organizations raise the money needed to do their good work. Many of her early efforts centered on raising funds to set aside wilderness areas in Alaska. In 1990 she started her first company, the Alaska Funding Exchange. This endeavor served as the testing ground for a national company, GrantStation, which opened its Internet doors in the fall of 2001. Cindy built this business because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life's work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and throughout the world.