Little League® International understands that the majority of the volunteers applying to receive grants for their local league are not professional grant writers. We have taken this fact into consideration and want to provide you with the best chance for success. Below you will find “Grant Writing Tips” that can help you in your grant-writing process and may help increase your chances of being selected as a grant-winner. Please take a few minutes and read through the provided tips, and when in doubt contact the grant provider.
Grant Writing Tips
- Make sure you read all guidelines/requirements to make sure your league qualifies for a specific grant.
- Pay attention to grant deadlines or application periods and start as early as possible.
- Watch for geographic restrictions of the grant.
- Read all post-grant requirements to be sure you can perform them. Ex. Site visit, grant reports etc.
- Be prepared with appropriate document of your nonprofit paperwork.
- Make sure to provide whatever information or documents are asked for. This could include financial reports, pictures, project quotes, other contributors, etc.
- Pay attention to the time frames in which the project(s) needs to be completed.
- Do what you said you will do with the money and provide proof when asked.
- Some grants are “Invitation Only” but a letter of initiative may be accepted to be considered.
- Answer all questions asked in the application as specific and concise as possible.
- Read all post-grant requirements to be sure you can perform them. Ex. Impact reporting, site visit, grant reports, photographs, receipt tracking, etc.
- Do your best to stand out and tell a story when writing your application. Be concise, specific and answer all questions that are asked.
- Share other fundraising efforts your league has engaged in and why you have come up short thus far.
- Attend grant workshops hosted by the company/foundation offering the grant when possible.
- Don’t hesitate to contact the grant organization and ask any questions.
- Make note of when the grant money would be presented if you were awarded a grant.
- Consider having a non-affiliated person read through the application before submission. This will help ensure that you are clearly describing the organization, not using any vernacular that is unique to internal groups and that the application represents the needs of the organization.
- Make sure your responses clearly answer the questions or application requirements.