In a perfect world, we would have a little time every day to work on donor relations, writing grants, and researching new funding opportunities. But the truth is, we are almost always dealing with the unplanned and unpredictable events that come up in the nonprofit world. We rarely get our to-do list completely checked off. Grant research is the most time-consuming part of the whole grant writing process. Too often it’s pushed aside, making your funds tight and your stress levels high. Our Grant Research Package will save you an immense amount of time finding grants that are a good fit for you…and will give you the satisfaction of crossing another thing off your long list of to-dos.
What’s included in the Grant Research Package?
- 8-12 well-matched prospects for your current needs
- A PDF of each prospect with our detailed notes
- A 1-hour phone call to review the results
- Custom questions to ask each particular prospect when you talk to them
- NEW: A Grant Timeline Calendar based on the results we found – due dates, contact information, and application links all in one master document.
- Delivered within 2-3 weeks of Research Questionnaire submission
How do we determine if a grant prospect is a good fit for you?
Our Grant Research questionnaire gives us all the answers we need (no phone call required!). Equipped with the detailed information you’ll hand over, we look for:
- Giving amounts
- Who they funded in the past
- If they are a new prospect for your organization
- Service area
- Geographic focus
- And more
Is this package a good fit for you?
This is a great fit for larger organizations who are feeling stuck in their research process, smaller organizations who are already wearing too many hats, or development departments who don’t have the time to prioritize the time-consuming research process. *To get started, you must fill out the Research Questionnaire, and then we’ll take the next steps from there. Keep in mind, this service will expire 12 months from date of purchase. Please return your Research Questionnaire promptly! Note: If you need research for a capital campaign, please schedule a call with Funding For Good prior to submitting your research questionnaire here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes a grant prospect “well-matched”?
Aligning your needs with what prospects want to support makes a prospect well-matched. We use a variety of factors to identify these prospects from geographic focus, financial range of giving, history of giving, subject areas (education, medical, housing, etc.) and grant type (gen. ops, capital, equipment, program, etc.)
What is the turnaround time to receive my final grant research results in-hand?
Depending on current workload, our typical turnaround time to complete a research project for a client is 2-3 weeks. During our initial contact after reviewing the research questionnaire, our team will share our estimated completion date. After the review is complete we will schedule a one-on-one session with the client to review each prospect in detail.
Does Funding for Good guarantee their 8-12 “well-match” prospects will award my nonprofit a grant if I apply?
“Well-matched” prospects are based on available foundation/donor information, history of past giving, current website information and how those known factors (geography, subject are, funding strategy, priorities, etc.) align with the nonprofit organization’s mission and needs. Even if all that lines up perfectly, the donor makes the final decision on who is and is not awarded a grant. While funding cannot be guaranteed, you will receive the highest quality research to identify well-matched prospects for your individual/current needs.
How will I receive information on each prospect in my research results?
Results are sent in individual PDFs for each foundation with detailed information, notes, contact information, important dates and comments regarding each foundation’s guidelines and grant process. You will also receive an editable word document that will house all information for each prospect in a single resource that you can update, share with your team, and use as a quick reference guide to create your timeline and keep notes. Each of these items will be emailed to you prior to our review call.
If I am conducting a capital campaign, why do I need to reach out to Funding For Good before booking research?
Capital Campaigns are larger dollar items than most typical programs and projects. When a capital campaign is in the millions of dollars, it is most beneficial to have 2-rounds of grant research to find the most ideal prospects as possible. We discuss this, creating a timeline for capital projects, discuss the pros and cons of finding a comprehensive list of potential foundation donors at the onset and how leveraging dollars as you go can increase odds of success.