An Unfunded Grant Request is an Opportunity to. . .

  1. Recycle: Use the material to create a new request on short notice.
  2. Correct Your Lenses: See your organization from a new perspective. Consider asking for more feedback.
  3. Be Free and do the activity without this donor’s restrictions, i.e., serving residents of only one county.
  4. Learn Insider Techniques to fine-tune future requests. Often unpublished guidelines exist that you learn only by submitting.
  5. Prioritize: Decide if the request was a good idea, no matter what or only if someone else funds it
  6. Relax and build a relationship with the donor without pending grant pressure.
  7. Find Somebody New. Ask for a referral.
  8. Protect Your Time. In some cases, the donor is a permanent no, and you can move on.
  9. Que. In other cases, your first request secures a place in line for the next cycle.
  10. Plant a Seed: Announce your interest in a specific activity. When the activity reflects a real need, it is not uncommon to be contacted by someone who heard about the idea with resources to help.
  11. Prove Your Need: Contact the person associated with your organization who insisted you apply for this grant. Ask them to donate to the project. The “no” proves you need their donation. (This happens!)
  12. Get It and stop waiting for a one-time-grant-miracle to solve everything and begin to invest in other grants and fundraising.

For other sources of nonprofit income to augment your grant opportunities, read this article, Can Your Organization Obtain More Income?

For more answers, check out this Nonprofit  CEO Library.

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