Effective Fundraising Strategies
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The very first step to take before applying for a federal grant is to make sure your organization has been registered as a 501©3, non-profit organization with the Internal Revenue Service. The majority of government funds are awarded to non-profits.
Once you’ve received your 501©3 designation, you will want to establish a DUNS number. Nearly 15 years ago, the government decided that all charities applying for federal grants must have a Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number. The DUNS number assists the government in identifying institutions that are awarded federal funds. There is no cost associated with obtaining a DUNS number, but you should account for several weeks to process your application. You can apply here: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
It’s important to understand the criteria for qualifying for specific grants. You must know the difference between Government versus Foundation versus Corporate grants. Each entity type will have specific requirements for qualifying.
Research every grant you are interested in and make sure your organization meets all requirements. Submitting applications without knowing if you really qualify will place undue burden on the granting entity and could possibly cause your organization to miss out on applying for grants that you are qualified for.
Good things do come to those that wait. This is especially true with grant awards. The process to review applications, vet qualifications and notify applicants can be a time consuming endeavor. It is not advisable to call and ask for updates, too, frequently. Be patient and continue to fundraise in other ways to ensure you maintain operational funds.
These are just a few things to remember when applying for grants. If you are in need of assistance with preparing your grant paperwork, please contact us here.