What are the Top Questions to Ask Funders Prior to Seeking Grants
Getting to know your potential funder and getting reacquainted with a funder can be intimidating. What should you ask them? How receptive is the program officer to building relationships? Should you contact a potential funder before you apply for a grant?
When Should I Contact a Potential Funder
These are questions most of grant professionals have when they think about making connections with funders. Mark Larimer, VP of Marketing at Foundant Technologies shared some key points about making contact with funders in a post on grantchat.org. One key take away from that conversation is this quote:
If funders are not willing to talk to you it tells you a lot about what they will be like to work with. – Mark Larimer
So, you know you need to make contact with the funder, and it is a great best practice to contact every potential funder prior to applying for a grant application – now what? What do you ask the funder so that it
- Builds a stronger relationship between you and the organization representative and between both of your organizations.
- Adds value to both parties.
List of Great Questions
We have a list for you to use when you are reaching out to potential funders. You can find this list and download it here.
What questions do you ask potential funders? What questions have you used to open up a dialog and to get to know more about the individual and or the organization? Please share your questions and suggestions in our comments section below.
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