Are You Grant Ready?

Speigner Grant Solutions works with organizations that are grant ready.

It is important for potential clients to know there is more to the grants process than just researching, writing, and submitting an application. We must first assess the organization’s grant readiness and capacity to engage in the grant development process from the research stage throughout the life cycle of the grant.

To help determine grant readiness, below are some questions to consider and commonly requested documents that you should have readily available prior to submitting a proposal. Please note this list is not exhaustive and required documents vary by funder.

Questions to Consider

  • What is our fundraising goal?

  • Do we have the capacity for grants? This includes researching opportunities, building relationships, developing the proposal and reports, and stewarding the relationship?

  • What are our methods for evaluation and metrics?

  • Have we thoroughly researched the need for this project with data points?

  • Can our program team successfully implement the project?

  • Can we demonstrate at least three years of successfully implementing the project?

  • How and who will manage the awarded grant?

  • How will we sustain the project with or without funding?

  • Has the Board of Directors agreed to support our fundraising efforts?

Documents

  • IRS determination letter

  • At least three years of financial statements, 990s, audited reports,

  • Evaluation plans and metrics

  • List of Board Members and their affiliations

  • Board Meeting Minutes

  • Annual Report

  • Staff Resumes

  • Program Description(s)

  • Organization Budget

  • Program Budget