The State of Grantseeking Spring 2013 Grant Survey

Greetings from GrantLessons

The State of Grantseeking – Sixth Semi-Annual Survey Results is out. There is good news for us as grant writers. Researched and written by Cindy Adams and the GrantStation team, they conducted the semi-annual informal survey of 1,017 nonprofits of different sizes during February and March 2013. The survey illustrates the current state of grantseeking in the United States. I gleaned some interesting facts from the 37 page report:

• Private foundations continue to be the source of the largest grant awards.
• Private foundations increased by almost 14% as the source of the largest grant.
• Over three-quarters of respondent organizations received awards in the last six months of 2012.
• Lack of time and staff remains to be the respondent’s greatest challenge to grantseeking.
• Respondents indicated that 41.6% state that grants contributed more than 25% of their annual revenue.

In the Executive Summary, the authors make the point that “organizations that do not submit grant applications appear to be caught in a ‘chicken or egg’ scenario with limited staff and time it is challenging to write grant applications, yet without the applications they have no chance at receiving awards.”

Thanks to GrantStation, the full report is posted on GrantLessons Blog at

So for most of us it comes down to TIME. We have all said it, “If I only had more time, I could . . .” I was looking around on the GrantStation website and found this wonderful link from Cynthia Adams, the CEO of GrantStation at She has a lot of very practical ideas for helping grant writers find more time. More time simply means more opportunity to write applications. More applications equals more opportunity to secure funding for Assistance League Chapters 😉

Catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie


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