Do the funding sources offer competitive funding cycles? Is there a committee that determines how state funds are dispersed?
Review other organization’s websites to find out where they have received money from. There is a chance they will not share this information with you but it is worth asking.
Look for national grantors that do business in the communities you serve. They will often have broader parameters (i.e. types of grants, amounts and topic areas) in the communities in which they do business.
Read successful grant proposals before writing your own. Consider taking a grant writing workshop in your community. Ask colleagues in the community to share their accepted proposals with you for reference.
Check with the funding agency to see if they will release funded proposals as examples, or if the funded organization would share their application.
The Foundation Center maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. grant makers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.
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