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Answering the Dreaded Future Funding Grant Question

You’re reviewing a local grant application for your non-profit organization. You find the questions fairly straightforward until you read: “How will you fund this program after the grant?” You slide your hands off the keyboard and think, “How can I answer this? This is the perfect grant funder. Their goals match ours. We definitely need the money for this project.” You have a number of ways you might develop a plan for after-the-grant. Consider creating your response around one of the following concepts to increase your chances of a successful application.

Answer: We do not expect to need future grant funding.

Answer: Yes, we will need additional funds, but you can take our plan seriously

Answer: We will increase our fundraising efforts

This is probably the most common answer grant readers read. If your grant is funded, the grant donor will expect you to follow-through on this promise. If your organization fails here, your reputation and future requests to this and other funders may suffer.

Answer: We don’t have plans to fund this program beyond the grant period.

Long-haul thinking: Develop a plan upfront for what will be done after the grant, even if a grant donor does not request it. If you can’t figure one out, choose a less ambitious start or forgo the grant and seek another way to implement your activities. In any case, plan to follow-through on any activities described in your application.

Creating a strong answer to the future funding question can help your organization obtain grant funding. “I rarely see a very effective answer,” writes Wendy Hopkins of the Sarasota Community Foundation. “The standard answer is of course increased fundraising. Rarely – do I see a bona fide plan” shares Marilyn Howard of the Manatee Community Foundation. These grant donors are not alone; grant donors report that they receive poor answer to this question. Your strong answer will help you stand out from other applicants. Also, this planning will also help ensure that your non-profit organization has a plan for after the grant. In any case, investing effort on this question can bring you organization closer to fulfilling its mission with those you seek to serve by obtaining the funding you seek.

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