Many new clients come to us thinking that grants are the solution to their funding needs. We spend time explaining to them what foundations are looking for and steps they need to take in order to be grant ready. One of those steps is community engagement
How much do you request for each grant application? That is the real question. We have experienced many clients who think they should always ask for the maximum amount that the foundation offers. We do our best to try and help them understand how this works, but today we will write in more detail the process involved for a foundation to consider your request and how appropriate your request amount actually is in the larger scheme of things.
When clients first sign up with us, we send them a Client Information Form to complete. This form is pretty comprehensive and covers a lot of details that not all of our clients have considered before. Although we do not pressure our clients to submit this form rapidly, we do request that they take the time to complete it thoroughly. The more thorough their responses, the better the grant application we can generate for them. This post discusses one aspect that seems to be a challenge for some of our clients when they first begin.