Once one starts to complete an online application, one sees that different grantors want different information in order to process their application. It is wise to look the entire application over before starting. Recently, we had two grants that we wanted to complete and found out that the corporate office of these businesses wanted a local contact to verify our work.
Therefore, off we went to see what help we could get from local businesses that really did not know much about Assistance League. In one grant, we only needed to find an individual that would let us use his name and in the second grant the individual needed to write a letter of support.
Sometimes one just has to make “a cold call” but in the first situation the man had invited us to speak at one of the local service clubs and in the second one we found someone who knew the person to make an introduction for us. We were lucky that neither of these applications had an application deadline that we were trying to meet.
When you are asking someone who does not know about our work, it is wise to supply the individual with some information about your organization. We took a promotion packet to the first individual and referred the second one to our website for information. In addition, don’t forget the hand written thank you note for their assistance in helping you complete the application requirements.
We don’t know what our success will be but we may be surprised, we will keep you posted in the future months as to what happened. We know from our years of work that the returning (or as we call them the continuing) grants come from developing a relationship with a grantor. We hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with these two new grantors.
So catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie