The best way to get a foundation’s attention and increase your grant application’s chances of succeeding is to simply pick up the phone and call the foundation before you submit.
There are several purposes this serves. Often, foundations may update their grant guidelines internally and fail to post them in the Foundation Directory Online. They might even fail to put them on their own website! It’s always best to get the latest straight from the horse’s mouth.
Calling a foundation serves another purpose, too. It gets your organization’s proverbial foot in the door, letting the foundation know you’re interested in forming a partnership with them. They may even give you advice you wouldn’t otherwise have received. That personal touch can go a long way in the success of your grant application.
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