Discussion 2: Funder Search

You have determined a project idea and are ready to begin the research to find the RFP that is the best match for your project.

There  are many viable approaches to searching for and locating project  funding, but the most effective are those that utilize appropriate  technologies. With the specifics of your project in mind, look for RFPs  using the state, federal, and foundation grants databases/search engines  listed in this week’s Learning Resources. This is an important step, so  take your time in identifying grant providers that issue grant awards  that align to your organization’s specific cause or need. Bookmark these  websites and keep notes in the Process Development Template. Each  website offers a wealth of varied information for grant seekers that can  greatly enhance your developing understanding of grantsmanship.

When reviewing RFPs, look specifically for the following information:

  • Who is eligible to apply?
  • How many awards/grants are being given?
  • What is the dollar amount of the grant/award?
  • What are the collaboration/partnership requirements?
  • What is the length of the grant period?
  • For private funders, who is on their board and does the applicant have any existing relationships with anyone?

Keep in mind:

  • RFPs that refer to online applications may tend to be less complicated.
  • RFPs for multi-year projects will be more complicated than those for a 1-year period.

Note: For purposes of this course, please adhere to the following parameters:
• You may use RFPs from federal agencies.
• You may use RFPs for a research project.
• Do not worry about submission dates that appear on the RFP.

As you examine various sites, document where you  searched and the keywords you used. Keep in mind that if you do not  find an appropriate and applicable RFP (there isn’t always a funder for  every project), you may need to adjust your project or your project  plan. Assess your project honestly to determine whether you need to  explore another course of action.

For this  Discussion, analyze your search results for state, federal, and  foundation grants, and select the RFPs that best match your project.

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