Did you know that there are some grants that you can apply to in just 5 minutes? This is not a scam, continue reading to discover the best ways to prepare for and apply to quick grants.
How to prepare for applying for "quick" grants
First, let’s talk about what a quick grant is. These are grants that require basic information about the organization structure, a small description of the program that needs funding, and a few supporting documents. They don't require a long narrative, extensive statistics, or detailed budget justifications.
The best way to prepare for these types of grants is to have a "shell" grant that you can pull from that includes all basic information of your organization and programs including:
- Organizational History
- Mission Statement
- Vision Statement
And information on all of your programs including:
- Description of program
- Target Population
- Plan of Action
- Goals and Objectives
- Collaborating Partners
- Evaluation Methods
- Program Budget
Along with this information you will need to have updated corporate documents readily available:
- Annual Organizational Operating Budget
- IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Designation Letter
- 990 or 990-PF Federal Tax Return
- Current Audited Financial Statement
- Letters of Support
Once you have completed the shell grant and gathered all of your documents, you are ready to apply for grants.
How to apply for "quick" grants
Now that the hard part is out of the way, you are ready to start researching and applying for grants.
You will mostly find these grants through corporate giving. Try searching some of the well known corporations to determine if they offer grant opportunities, and if their funding opportunities align with your programs. For your convenience, I have compiled a list of 70+ corporations that donate to non-profits. That list can be downloaded here. Their applications usually ask for a brief description of your organization and program, and a few documents. Since you already have the shell application prepared, you can easily import that information info the grant application, in 5-10 minutes!!!
Additionally, you can reach out to local businesses via email or a mailed letter with a brief description of your program and how it will benefit the local community, and they may consider your organization for funding.
Need assistance with apply for grants?
If your organization needs assistance with building our your shell grant or applying for applications, Schedule a planning meeting so that we can discuss your needs!