Government grants are one of the primary sources most non-profit organizations tap into for funding. These are funds awarded by the government for an organization’s specific project or purpose. Unlike loans, US government grants does not need to be paid back to the government. However, getting awarded with a government grant is not as easy as it may seem.
Applying for a government grant takes a lot of time and effort. And sometimes, despite all that’s been done during the application process, there is still the chance that the grant will be awarded to someone else. If you’re tasked to facilitate the application of a government grant, then you would want to increase your chances of being awarded the grant opportunity.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind during US government grants application that should increase your chances of getting the grant award:
Make sure the grant you’re applying for will fit your purpose
There are a number of grant opportunities from the local, federal, and state government. These grants cover extensive areas of interests and categories. Choosing the right grant to apply for which is appropriate for what you and your organization stands for will increase the likelihood that you will be awarded with it. Likewise, apply for a grant that is not even remotely related and you will not even be considered for it.
Let the government-awarding branch know that grant’s return on investment
During the application process, it’s best to let them know how the grant will be used and the details of the project it will be used to. Giving them an idea on the specific project for the application of the grant will make then decide much faster. Of course, you have to make sure that grant will be spent properly and responsibly to increase your chances of being awarded