Grant research is an essential yet time consuming process. When grant research is a priority, it saves an organization great deal of time and resources. Where do you begin to search for the right grantmaker for your project?
A few of the questions you will want to answer are:
· Who funds organizations in my area of interest?
· Who targets funds to the specific need that we are trying to address?
· Who funds in my geographic region?
· Who will provide the type of support and funding this project needs?
· Who has funded organizations like your organization?
· Who much does the grantmaker give in your region and/or area of interest?
Answering these questions can take a lot of time. Fortunately there are a number of online resources available to novice (and often reluctant) grant writers and fully entrenched Grant Professionals alike.
One of our worst kept secrets: We love the Foundation Center’s comprehensive data base on U.S. and global grantmakers. They offer various subscriptions and membership levels. They also offer access to this service through more than 450 local libraries (yes, that’s free). The Foundation Center launched GrantSpace in 2011. Here, you can find a plethora of tools and resources.
For more information on grant seeking, the Foundation Center and GrantSpace you can go to this handy dandy webinar: