Advice nad Information on Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing
Research Potential Sources of Funding
If your organization does not have grants directories and databases of its own, check with the local public library and/or university library if available to locate books and reference materials on grantwriting. Probably the single best source for information on grantseeking and foundations is the Foundation Center (1-800-424-9836), which can direct you to their local Cooperating Collections of grant publications in each state. These collections house literally hundreds of directories for foundations and corporations both in hard copy and electronic form. If your local cooperating collection has a CD-ROM publication you will likely find it to be the easiest and most convenient way to research potential funders.

One thing to consider when using the large directories of foundations and corporations is that many of them contain similar information. With very few exceptions (e.g., foundations whose giving is dedicated to one or two specific entities) there is no such thing as a "specialized" funder, who gives solely to religious organizations, or only for operating capital. Thus, you're likely to find many of the same funders listed in a variety of guides. Try to locate one really good general source, buy it if you can, and use it for everything.

Ask your colleagues for advice about grantwriting and foundations as well. People who work in your organization as well as the organization's board members will typically have information on appropriate foundations to contact. Asking people from other agencies about their ideas for potential funding sources and their experiences with particular foundations can also yield good information. You might also consider joining or at least checking into listserv's and/or newsgroups dedicated to grantwriting. These will give you opportunities to network with other proposal writers, ask questions about specific foundations and projects, and they can be a great source for innovative ideas.

It has been said that "grant writing is like playing the stock market; there is seldom a guarantee that your efforts will be rewarded, but the more you know about the process and the more you use this knowledge, the greater the probability for success."

Source: Hensen, K. L. "The Art of Writing for Publication."

Return to the Top of the Page Return to the Top
Fast Facts on Literacy (Refresh to see another fact)

Ohio Literacy Resource Center - Celebrating 10 Years of Enhancing Adult Literacy 1993-2003 This page
and is maintained by the OLRC WWW Development Team.