The Grant Doctors 365

The Grant Doctors 365 / 012921

It’s challenging for new nonprofits to qualify for grants but it’s not impossible. Funders—whether private or governmental—want to see a couple things: (1) that an organization has a track record of success with past projects; and (2) that the organization has the ability to manage the funds (e.g., has good accounting and business systems; understands internal controls, reporting, etc.). If a start-up is so new it doesn’t have any project experience yet, the nonprofit needs to emphasize the experience and expertise of its board members and staff (paid or volunteer). The angle is, “yes, we’re new, but our team has been successful with similar work in the past as demonstrated by X, Y, & Z.”