It’s a Brave New World. We’ve all heard the rumors about federal departments having their funding stripped away or — even more unnerving — being abolished altogether. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the whirlwind of fear and uncertainty, especially when everything is happening so fast and we’re all trying to make plans for the programs and projects that help those we serve. So, what can you do?
In spite of all the unknowns about the federal budget and grant funding under the Trump administration, there are still plenty of grants available. But given all the uncertainty, your organization should apply for as many grants as possible right now.
Here are 3 things that will help your organization be able to make the most of this grant season.
- Sign up to receive free Grant Siren alerts. These emails are customized to your organization. When a grant is released that fits your criteria you’ll receive an email with all the details.
- Invest in a Grant Opportunity Report (GRO). For just $500 you will receive a detailed report of high potential grant opportunities that your organization is eligible to apply for and likely to be awarded along with a statistical assessment of your award probability.
- Hire a grant writer to expand your capacity to apply for more grants and to improve your chances of being awarded. Even if you have a grant writer on staff, it is very difficult for one person to write multiple proposals at the same time.
A positive strategy right now for all organizations that depend on grant funding, in addition to applying for the grants that are still available, is to get down to grassroots basics. Get local. Reach out to other organizations in your service area (and beyond) to strengthen partnerships for the days ahead (this is always a prudent practice and will serve you well). Also, be prepared to focus on state-level funding. It would be a good idea to reach out to your city, county and state legislators as well. Make appointments with them or their aides to familiarize them with your organization, if they’re not already.
It’s time to build more bridges, not walls. Resource Associates has been in the business of doing just that for over 20 years. Even in these uncertain times — ESPECIALLY in these uncertain times — it’s important to seek guidance from experts who are on the front line. We’ll help guide you and your organization through the uncertainty and improve your chances of winning the currently available grant funds.