The Ten Most Common Reasons Grants are Declined
- "The organization does not meet our priorities."
- Research thoroughly before applying.
- "The organization is not located in our geographic area of funding."
- Get the guidelines before applying, or at least check GrantSeeker.com or your grants guide.
- "The proposal does not follow our prescribed format."
- Read the application information very carefully and follow it exactly.
- "The proposal is poorly written and difficult to understand."
- Have friends and experienced people critique the grant before you submit it.
- "The proposed budget/grant request is not within our funding range."
- Look at average size of grants of the funder.
- "We don't know these people. Are they credible?"
- Set up an interview before submitting the proposal and have board members and other funded organizations help you establish a relationship and give you credibility.
- "The proposal doesn't seem urgent. I'm not sure it'll have an impact."
- Study the priorities and have a skilled writer do this section to make it "grab" the funder. Your aim is to sound urgent, but not in crisis.
- "The objectives and plan of action of the project greatly exceed the budget and timelines for implementation."
- Be realistic about the programs and budgets. Only promise what can realistically be delivered for the amount requested.
- "We've allocated all the money for this grant cycle."
- Don't take this personally. It is a fact of life. Try the next grant cycle. Next time, submit at least a month before the deadline to give ample opportunity for questions and a site visit.
- "There is not enough evidence that the program will become self-sufficient and sustain itself after the grant is completed."
- Add a section to the proposal on your plans for self-sufficiency and develop a long-term strategy.
Originally appeared in the Grantseeker.Com Learning Center Home Page.
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