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Step 3 Contact

Once you have done your research on what funders are positioned to give you business or charity fundingĀ  , if you are doing this on your own without a certified grant writer make a personal contact and cultivate relationships by e-mail, telephone call, office visit and/or letter of inquiry, advises Beverly A. Browning, Ph.D., author of Grant Writing for Dummies (Wiley, 2009) and director of the grant writing training foundation in Buckeye, Arizona. Browning says during this stage you want to determine 1) their interest in your project or company, and 2) what they would like to see first as the initial document of entry (i.e., letter of inquiry or concept paper). Many funding organizations now prefer that requests be submitted first in letter format before accepting a full proposal, according to The Foundation Center, a national resource service for grant-makers and grant-seekers.


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