There are two areas of requirements to research after you have made your nonprofit grant-ready.
The first is the qualifying requirements:
- Geographic Scope – where in the world does this grantmaker want to fund projects?
- Subject Area - what areas does this grantmaker want to fund?
- Type of Funding - what type of projects does this grantmaker want to fund?
- Amount range – what are the typical amounts this grantmaker gives funded applications?
- Funding Cycle – what are the deadlines for this grantmaker?
To read more on researching potential funders: 4 Areas To Focus On When Researching Potential Funders
If your nonprofit aligns with the grant maker in these areas, then you can move on to researching the actual application requirements.
It is important to look at the applications requirements. Always read through all requirements before starting a grant application. Some of the requirements will require working with other people. By reading through beforehand, you can allow enough time to complete all sections.
- Is the application completed online or a hard copy?
- If a hard copy, how many copies of the application does the grantmaker request?
- Number of pages needed
- What attachments are required? – Letters of recommendation, Determination Letter (501(c)(3) letter), Operational Budget, List of Board Members and/or Staff, Project Budget, etc
- What sections are required in the proposal? Needs statement, project description, budget, capacity, sustainability, etc.
Be sure to follow ALL requirements in filling out grant applications. Just like a professor will mark down a paper for not following all requirements, a grantmaker will throw out applications that don’t follow all of their requirements. This means no funding. So don’t give the grant maker reason to throughout your application before even reading it.