Why Thinking Small Helps Win Big Grant Money

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Listen to the first podcast of this 3-part series on grant seeking, which focuses on one of the ways that nonprofits could be more successful in getting the money they need. One of the people interviewed for the series offers this advice: Instead of asking a foundation to fund one large project, break the project up into several discrete projects to get the funding you need. 

Nonprofits often ask foundations to pay for a big, comprehensive program, but they might be more successful if they figure out small pieces that a grant maker might pay for.

“I encourage them to slice and dice their work into different discrete projects,” says Dalya Massachi, author of Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact.

For example, foundations might be willing to pay for a project that serves a particular community or a certain group of people; piecing together lots of little grants might increase the odds of success over pitching one grant with a big price tag.

In the first of a three-part series about how to win more grants, Ms. Massachi offers tips for grant seekers and advice on how to use free resources to find out more information about foundations, companies, and the grants they offer.

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Original article written by Tony Martignetti and posted June 19, 2012 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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