So you want to apply for a grant

Did you know that 15-20% of the average established nonprofit’s budget comes from grants?

cera-3Grants can come in many forms, but for horses specifically, they can come from national welfare organizations, corporate, family or private foundations. The application process can be daunting, but with a little perseverance, you can successfully apply for funding for your organization.

  • First, identify organizations that offer grants that are relative to what you do. Are you a rescue? A therapeutic riding center? What is the population you serve? Knowing the answers to these questions will be key to finding grants that you are qualified for.
  • Read through the directions, requirements and deadlines, and be sure to adhere to them. If you do not follow their specific instructions, your application may be thrown out without any consideration.
  • Know the skillsets within your network – you may find that there is an experienced grant write who is willing volunteer for your organization!
  • Know your submission deadlines. Grant writing can be complicated, so you want to make sure you give yourself adequate time to clearly communicate your need for the project you are funding. Applications should include every document requested by the foundation you are requesting the grant from.
  • Proofread all documents. Grammatical errors and typos are careless errors that can easily be avoided.
  • Whether your grant application is accepted or declined, respond in a gracious and timely manner. A rude response may ruin your chances of ever receiving a grant from that foundation in the future. If accepted, personally thank, and publicly acknowledge the foundation’s award of the grant.
  • Submit progress and final reports according to the grants requests and guideline. Be thorough, and don’t be late! You may compromise the ability to successfully receive funding for a future grant request.

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