Contrary to popular notion, more money doesn’t always solve problems—in fact, sometimes it creates more problems. If your organization is new and funding is tight, it’s natural to go after grants of all types. That’s the business. On the other hand, if you’re in a mature organization with lots of existing funding streams or you’re a public agency with multiple forms of unrestricted and restricted funding, maybe a new grant isn’t the way to go.
Instead of spending the time chasing a grant, look at your existing budgets and programs for surplus funds. You might have the money you need for a new program right under your nose. Now, it might require some frank discussions about where to shift money from—or some real talk about ineffective programs that need to be cut—but that’s okay. These are healthy conversations.
To stay effective, you have to be willing to cut out the programs that aren’t performing. Adding a new layer to an already ineffective system won’t solve anything.