Finding Funding - KINvention - August 2012

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A brief introduction to writing great grant applications and finding funding sources that fit your not-for-profit's project goals. This presentation was delivered at the Kin Canada National Convention on August 17, 2012 and draws on resources shared by the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Funders Network partners.

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Finding Funding - KINvention - August 2012

  1. 1. Finding Funding: Tips & Tools for Writing Great Grants KINvention, Peterborough, Ontario August 17, 2012Presented by Nicole Drake, MA (City of Brantford)
  2. 2. Where do we begin?• Why do you want to write a great grant application?• Types of funding and how to find them• What does a “great” grant application look like?• Great applications are a learned skill – practice, look for feedback & keep trying• Applications may vary, but a few key things should always remain the same
  3. 3. A “grant” is an award of money achieved through a grant-writing process that allows you to do very specific things thatmeet very specific guidelines. (N. Kovacs, Kovacs Group Inc.)Types of Funders• Corporate foundations (financial, industry, business)• Foundations (family, private, community, special purpose)• Government (municipal, provincial, federal)
  4. 4. • Do you really need a grant, or is there some other way toachieve your goal?• Where do you look for funding?• You think you have a prospect… what now?
  5. 5. The Basics of Prospect Research• Visit the funder’s website, call, email, or write• Contact them to ask clarifying questions• Be prepared with a concise overview of your organization and proposed project• Look at their stated funding priorities• Look at the projects they have funded in the past. Would yours fall into a similar category?• What is the amount of their average grant? What is the range? Are you in the right ballpark?• Then follow up as needed. Make a contact and build a relationship.
  6. 6. • Do you meet the criteria?• Is your project a good fit for the funding program?• Can you provide all the necessary information?
  7. 7. Group Activity #1Funder XYZ’s purpose is to promote environmental initiatives in local communities that protect the environment and Canadian wildlife, to support environmental education initiatives for young people, and to encourage partnerships between likeminded community organizations. Is this a good fit?
  8. 8. Group Activity #2Funder ABC is interested in promotingvolunteerism among seniors and othergenerations; engaging seniors in the community;supporting social services and accessibilityinitiatives for seniors; and providing project orcapital funding for new seniors programs. Is this a good fit?
  9. 9. 1. Check your fit2. Know your neighbours3. Talk to us4. Check deadlines5. Demonstrate your need and show the impact
  10. 10. 6. Answer the Questions7. Do the math! Make sure your financial information adds up8. Check, double check, and check again!9. Make a copy and keep your records10. Do what you say you will
  11. 11. When You’re Funded… or not• Follow up, get feedback and keep trying• Nurture a positive relationship• Look for other opportunities• Do what you said you would do• Keep up the good work!
  12. 12. A few resources... Government websites Company websites Big Online: www.bigdatabase.ca Foundation Search: www.foundationsearch.ca Imagine Canada: www.imaginecanada.ca Canada Revenue Agency: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/charities Charity Village: www.charityvillage.comAssociation of Fundraising Professionals: www.afpnet.org Blue Avocado Nonprofit Blog: www.blueavocado.org Local Not-for-profit resource centres Local colleagues and volunteer networks
  13. 13. Questions? *** Nicole Drake, Arts & Culture CoordinatorEconomic Development & Tourism, City of Brantford nicoledrake@brantford.ca 519-751-9900 ext. 219

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