Grant Writer Tip 1
Match Your Project With The Grant Program Priorities and Eligibility Requirements
One of the most critical questions facing an applicant when deciding to seek funds from a potential grant-funding program is this:
Does my project meet the priority of this grant Request for Proposal or foundation?
Every grant program announcement or foundation identifies one or more priorities for funding. Some grant announcements precisely describe this focus:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, recently announced the availability of a Community Food Project competitive grant program, which supports two major types of grants:
If you were a non-profit organization wishing to seek funds under this program you would need to demonstrate several things in your proposal:
For the first priority:
For the second priority:
In addition to determining whether or not your project meets a grant making priority, you also need to carefully read the other priorities and essential requirements of the guidelines for submitting a grant.
Returning to the above illustration, the grant announcement lists the eligible applicants who may apply as follows:
If your organization does not satisfy one or more of these eligibility requirements, then you are restricted from applying for the grant.
The most important question to consider, then, when seeking grant funds, is whether or not your project meets the grant programís priority and whether or not you or your organization are eligible to apply.
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