Funding Strategy: Your path to success!
What is a Funding Strategy?
A funding strategy is the first key step towards finding your project the money it needs to succeed. It is a compilation of grants that have the highest probability of success for your program or project. It helps you recognize what types of funding are available, and it helps you determine what work needs to be done at the project level to prepare for grant applications. It's also a way for you to map out the future and plan for possible funding availability.
Why is this Valuable?
We all know writing grants can be challenging and time-consuming. But if you choose the right grants, you are set up for success from the start. A funding strategy allows you to pick the best possible grants and funding options for your situation. With our knowledge and expertise, we can often find over 250 grant options to choose from for any given project. We then reduce those to the ones which best match your program.
How do We Create a Funding Strategy?
Typically, we narrow the hundreds of grants down to around twenty of the best options. We further refine this list by reaching out to funders directly to determine eligibility and competitiveness. Our aim is to recommend grants that have a 20% chance, or higher, of receiving funding. Then we can work together to decide which of the top five to ten grants best meet your goals. From there, we craft a funding strategy that will leverage a variety of grants and funding options to provide for either the whole project or for a whole year of operations. If we put the time in upfront to find the best grants for your situation, you can spend your energy and resources more wisely on grants that align with your long-term vision and have the highest potential to be funded.
Once we’ve created an amazing funding plan for your project, then it’s up to you! We can continue working with you to organize and write grant applications, and we can even help by overseeing all the applications you select from the funding strategy. On the other hand, if you prefer to complete some, or all, the grants in-house, that’s okay too! One Small Step is happy to assist with any level of your grant-seeking needs: from creating a stand-alone funding strategy, to managing your entire grant writing process, to anything in between.
We know your project deserves to be funded and that there are many options to find that funding. But often people are intimidated when they think of grant writing. Many are afraid to reach out to unfamiliar funders, or they worry about how to best showcase their hard work. A lot of people are unsure about the grant application process and about how to write the grant itself. However, so much in science and in the nonprofit sector relies on funding from sponsorship. It can be impossible to take steps towards accomplishing your big dreams without this funding.
Don’t worry! One Small Step is here to help. Let’s walk a path together that makes the connection between your project and the funding you need. We are a team of experienced grant writers. All of us have advance training and the skills to back up that training. We excel at putting words to your project in a way that inspires and compels, so funders will want to help you succeed.
At One Small Step, we also know how to avoid the pitfalls of the grant application process. It’s amazing how a small mistake can prevent a grant from being approved. We are detail-oriented and will do everything in our power to make sure those small mistakes are avoided.
Finally, we know how to develop relationships with funders so they will want to support your project and potentially invest long term.
Reach out to learn more about our rates and how we can help your project get off the ground. There are many funding options that most scientists and organizations in need would not think to pursue. We have out-of-the-box ideas to assure you find the best funding sources, and we have the writing and editing skills to make your applications shine!