It happens, an e-mail pops up into your in-box notifying you that a proposal driven fund is now open for applications. As you read through the program criteria you notice there is a deadline date along with criteria and eligible and ineligible activities. If you are not an experienced proposal writer this is when panic sets in and you brain storm on whether or not you could write this proposal and meet the deadline. Don’t fret, here are some simple steps to consider before you get started:

  1. Read the guidelines and think about the type of project your organization/community would like to apply for.
  2. Call the funding agency, introduce yourself and the idea and determine if your project will meet the criteria.
  3. Ask yourself, has your organization done a similar project? Was it successful?
  4. Who internally will form your team? Is there anyone internally with the expertise to get the project rolling?
  5. Does the project require you to have a funding contribution? What percentage is required?
  6. What is needed as part of the submission, a business plan, financial projections?
  7. Can you set aside the time required to get started? What would stop you?

We all want our organizations to be successful and we know there are many proposal driven funds that would assist in helping organizations reach their goals.  Often proposals are nothing more than a fillable application process that asks for additional information.  This additional information may have already been completed and that will assist you in applying for funding.  When the work has already been done there is no reason to re-invent the wheel.  Let’s say for example you want to apply for funding to have a Business Planning Workshop in your organization/community. In the past you have completed a labour market study that identified the number of persons who wanted to start a business. BINGO! We attach that data as part of proposal and we identify the need.

It’s that easy! What are you waiting for?

To find out more about Proposal Driven Funds contact Janene@plan4ward.ca

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