Are you making this deadly mistake with your grant writing?

Too many nonprofits make the same deadly mistake with their grant writing. It’s such a serious error that they can miss out on critical funding year after year.


It’s a simple mistake with a simple solution, but it may mean the difference between your nonprofit thriving or closing its doors.


The mistake is this: failing to follow up with a grantmaker after receiving a rejection. The reality of grant writing is that you will receive far more rejections than acceptances, often due to high competition and limited funding.


Inexperienced grant writers will either ignore a rejection and reapply with the same application for the next grant cycle, or they’ll stop applying to that funder altogether. Both approaches are wrong.


The simple solution to this deadly mistake is to simply call or email the funder and ask why the application was rejected. Maybe they can pass along some notes or comments from their review session. It may be that you need to refocus your narrative just a bit, or come back next time with a stronger evaluation section. Find out what the issue is, fix it, and reapply.


Making this contact and gathering this information will strengthen your application and it may endear you to the funder. They’ll understand you are serious and conscientious — two important aspects that may put you slightly above the competition. Just far enough above to win that grant.


Having trouble dealing with rejection? Check out this article on how to turn a grant rejection into an acceptance.


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  • Sean M. Kirby

    03.04.2017 at 13:27 Reply

    Nice article, Megan! I especially like how you explain the way that simply reaching out to a grantmaker following a rejection can improve their perception of a nonprofit.

    I actually just wrote a similar article for my blog: Feel free to check it out, and let me know if you think it needs anything else mentioned!

  • Richard Dunn

    17.01.2019 at 11:06 Reply

    These days I think picking up a phone is difficult for many. It’s either a text or email, and nothing more.

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