Seeking Grants Through RFPs : Non-Profits
Request for Proposals are issued as a means of securing a commodity, service or valuable asset by a host of entities such as government institutions and foundations periodically. It is also the main medium used by some non-profits when soliciting the services of consultants.
The deadlines for RFP's vary with some being as limited as one month. Regardless of the deadline indicated in an RFP, responding rapidly is key to avoiding stress and likely errors that might arise as a result of a looming deadline.
Seeking funding from myriad sources is essential to non-profits as it ensures the survival and sustainability of their programs. This is the main reason why it is essential to include diverse fund seeking strategies in development plans. One such avenue includes seeking out and responding to RFPs. In responding to RFPs, some recommended steps that ought to be taken into account include:
Preparation is crucial to success in this endeavor. Non-profits should assess factors such as goals for seeking the grant and the need for the services they provide. Once these steps have been taken, non-profits can then proceed to respond to RFPs that match programs being run. Thereafter, a timeline of activities should be developed and followed closely. The timeline developed should be a direct reflection of the requirements/instructions indicated in the RFP. It is imperative to follow instructions in order to prevent the rejection of proposals.
Consistently researching government and foundation resources will pay due dividends. By regularly staying attuned to RFPs from these sources, non-profits can respond promptly thereby ensuring a smooth application process. Most importantly, non-profits with vigilant research processes in place have ample time to prepare and deliver their proposals in a timely fashion.
Some sources of government RFPs include www.grants.gov/ and the www.federalregister.gov/ . The Grantsmanship Center is an equally good source of RFPs' from Foundations.
Adequately preparing and researching appropriate resources for RFPs' will result in the identification of funding opportunities for Non-profit programs.
Written By Sherita N Brace
Sherita N Brace is an International Development Professional and a Blogger. She serves as a Consultant to non-profits and provides grant writing services, program planning services and communications services.
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