Identifying the Right Opportunity
Literally thousands of funding opportunities exist.
However, the challenge is finding the "right funding fit" for you! The
three step process below may be helpful in wading through the various databases
and hundreds, or even thousands of hits and isolating the most viable and
potentially rewarding programs for you.
- Eliminate those programs that you simply do not
qualify for due to geographic focus (limited to another state), applicant
eligibility (i.e., k-12 schools), application policies, or timing issues (deadlines
approaching or out of synch with our project).
- At this point, you can examine potential funding
opportunity more finely. That is, do the dollar amounts of the awards
typically made fit the size of project that you envision? If you are
seeking a $10,000 grant and typical awards are $50,000 and above, this might
not be the best fit. Consider, too, if this is indeed narrowly tailored
to your field of interest or whether it is something more tangential.
Also, are awards from this funder typically made to universities that fit our
profile? For example, are awards made to universities like SU? Or, are
they more typically made to community colleges, etc.? Finally, is the
scope of what this sponsor funds more local or more national in scale? And, how
would that compare with your project?
- Finally, where possible dig a little deeper and
review what projects that a prospective grantor has actually funded in the
past. This can be done by visiting the organization's web site, reviewing
their annual report, or examining 990 (IRS) reports.
Of course, the IPS staff will be glad to work with you at
any time along this process.