There are approximately 1.5 million registered nonprofits in the U.S. Suffice to say if you are a nonprofit with a desire to go after grants your competition is most likely heavy.
Mission and vision are important, but equally important when applying for a grant are budget and planning. Why? Because the majority of the 1.5 million nonprofits registered in the U.S. have compelling causes they are pitching for funding as well. Grant funding is competitive. How are you shaping your pitch to compete with the grant application that may be read prior and after your’s is read?
The following are two specific budget and planning items you should be addressing:
Budget: How will your budget sustain the programming or address the need you are requesting funding for after the grant, if you receive it, is gone?
Planning: How are you demonstrating the resources you will utilize and the results you are targeting (your logic model)?
The greater representation of your well thought out budget and plan, the greater chance you have at securing grant funds. If your nonprofit is in the early stages and you need help with a budget and/or logic model template visit Developing Good a membership site focused on grant writing resources and information