How to Win Grants: Reasons for Seeking Local Grants First

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As a long-term funding strategy, few nonprofit organizations can afford to rely upon single-source funding, and few actually do so. Although the typical funding mix varies with the type of nonprofit, most nonprofits must dine on a salad of revenue from investments, service fees, grants, donations, and other income.

 

As potential applicants for grants and solicitors of donations, many types of nonprofits benefit from seeking and securing local support. In searching for support, trying to capture grants and donations from multiple local benefactors — before casting a net more widely — is normal practice. Pursuing local funding first builds upon the advantages of locally shared issues and concerns as well as nonprofits’ local reputations. Local funders are more likely to care passionately about local problems and needs and to want to act so as to impact them positively. They are also more likely to be familiar with what any…

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