Identify funding sources
Attracting the funding needed for intervention planning and implementation is a creative process. There are many avenues for funding from public and private sources at the federal, state and/or local levels. Examples at each level include:
Your partners may also help identify local foundations that may be interested in supporting your efforts. Valuable information about community support may also be located in your local newspaper or business journal. Following is a list of websites that may help you locate funding opportunities.
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Minority Health
The Grantmanship Center
Research funding opportunities
There is no lack of funding organizations – you can actually be very diligent in researching funders without ever finding a funding match. Your challenge is to efficiently narrow your search for funders to only those that might consider becoming a partner for your intervention.
"Narrowing the Search for Foundation Funders” provides guidance for using the Foundation Center Directory. Nine criteria are used to help you quickly eliminate inappropriate funding prospects. This will allow you to only conduct thorough research on funding prospects that may be interested in your intervention.
A sample of a foundation description from the Foundation Directory may be found at http://foundationcenter.org/marketplace/sample_entries/fd_smpl.pdf
The “Prospect Worksheet” created by the Foundation Center is a template created for use in researching funding prospects and may be found at http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/wrksheet/prospect_worksheet.pdf
Highlight organizational and/or community assets
Now that you have identified appropriate funding opportunities, you should develop a funding strategy. Understanding the assets within your organization or community is an important part of this process. When you highlight the resources that currently exist within your organization and community, you can use those resources to attract new funding. For example, you may have strong partnerships with various groups in your community, funding from diverse sources, or in-kind donations of work time from your staff or your partners. With these resources, you become a more attractive investment to the funder. These assets demonstrate that you have a history of success and will improve your chances of securing new funding.
Apply for funds
Once you have identified the funding opportunities you will pursue and have determined your organization and community assets, the next step is applying for funding. There are many resources available to help with the application process. The following resources can help you get started. However, you may want to also look for local resources as well, such as through universities or non-profit organizations willing to provide technical assistance in applying for funding.
The applications are in the mail, so now what? Keep track of the grants for which you have applied. You may consider creating a tracking sheet with the funding agencies contact information, important deadlines and contacts made during the application process. The tracking sheet will serve as a tool to keep you up-to-date on your application progress and help remind you to check on your application status.
Realities of Funding
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