Presented at the 2006 National Trails Symposium in the Quad Cities, IA and IL.
By Kandee Haertel
See handouts from the presentation:
Opportunities for Funding:
Your very first step in identifying good sources of funding is to:
So, you want to build a trail...
You must understand ALL aspects of your project BEFORE you begin to ask for money, ask for things, or seek funding.
These are donations of the "stuff" you need to run your organization or complete your project.
Examples of In-Kind Donations
For an organization:
For a trail project:
The best sources of information for this funding are the government agency staff members who will directly benefit from your funding work.
Most government funding requires that you work with a unit of government, so this is the time to begin building a solid, working relationship.
Private Foundation Funding
Deciding which foundation is best to receive your proposal is a creative process.
Sometimes it is worth a little more research to find out if the Funder gives outside its stated focus.
After this talk, and with these thoughts in mind, you will find details of looking at a specific foundation on-line with the Foundation Directory in the handout.
Just, please, remember:
The best proposal in the world won't stand up if it is not a good match to the Funder's priorities.
Whether you realize it or not, you've already learned the basics of seeking corporate giving.
Treat them exactly the same way you would a private donor or a foundation.
Do not overlook the biggest and the smallest businesses in your community.
Corporate citizens like to be a visible, viable part of where they do business.
Really, really keep an open mind when approaching businesses.
All types of "givers" generally receive MANY more requests than they can fund.
Being turned down does not mean the "ask" wasn't worthwhile-- only that there were too many projects for them all to be funded.
Handouts from the presentation:
Your most helpful resource will be those who have received funding for similar projects.
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