Practice of Grant Seeking
Many non-profits survive on a shoestring budget, relying on volunteers and underpaid staff to raise the profile of the issue, secure collaborators and allies, deliver the program, follow policies and practices, communicate with the community and ensure the organization is on the right track.
But even a shoestring budget needs to be raised.
If you are a charity, fundraising is an option requiring an infrastructure, board commitment and a financial investment. Alternatively, grants are an option for all non-profits, whether you are a charity or not.
But who has the time to research and write grants, especially when there is a significant chance that the application will not be approved?
We get it.
But there is no magic bullet.
However, you do not need to invest 10,000 hours to become proficient but you do need to invest a focused effort to yield results.
Focus your efforts. Identify one or two funding options that best align with your agency and program.
Dedicate time to complete the application.
Go for one really good application, instead of five half-fast applications.