A rejected grant proposal is a real bummer, but it happens. Competition is steep and even great proposals can be rejected. You did all that work: the planning, the budget, the research, and your entire board is onboard for the new project. So what do you do?
Well, you have two options, and you can do both.
The most immediate solution is YouHelp.com, the crowdfunding site where you keep 100% of the funds you raise.
It is quick and easy to put up a campaign – takes about 5 minutes, and you have a fundraiser page. You already have the passion, program, and budget – so it will be easy for you to explain the need for funds.
Personalize your page by adding a video or pictures regarding your project or nonprofit, and don’t forget to add all your social media pages, so that all your friends, family, and potential funders can see all the excellent work you are doing.
Setting up your page is easy, the harder part is getting the word out about your fundraiser. Here’s where your social media network will come into play. From your fundraising page, you can actually share it on all your social media profiles. So share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ for maximum exposure. Make sure to also personally reach out to potential funders about your project, because sometimes people who are not very active on social media may be interested in helping you with funding.
Now, onto the second option for your grant proposal. Since your grant writer did such a good job writing the proposal, this writing may be able to be recycled. And since you are already a GrantWatch MemberPlus+ you have access to thousands of other grants that you may be eligible for. So here’s what you can do: search for grants that have similar criteria to the one you already applied to, and then tweak your proposal to fit the new grant application into an award winning proposal. GrantWatch has more than 50 grant categories, and your project may fall into multiple categories, so keep searching! And if you have any issues while looking around the site, you can always reach out to the GrantWatch customer service team!
So, don’t be discouraged if you didn’t get the grant funding this time, there are still resources to utilize. And one last thing that may help. When you sign up for a campaign on YouHelp, you have access to a crowdfunding mentor to help walk you through the entire process. Mentorship is a real rarity in the crowdfunding world and can help increase your chances of funding success. You will have access by email and phone, and this mentor can help guide you through all the steps from setting up your page and personalizing it, to social media tips.
About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for GrantWatch and a Copywriter at ABC Purple.