I recently came across GrantStation’s latest State of Grantseeking Report, based on the first half of 2017. The report aims to help readers understand recent trends in grantseeking and identify benchmarks to help measure their own success in the field.
Because of the uncertainty caused by federal and state government program changes, the report suggests that grantseekers project the same total number of government awards for 2018 as in the previous year and to not plan for any increase from those awards.
Private foundations and community foundations were funding sources for 80% and 64% of the report’s survey respondents, respectively: a 1% and 4% decrease from the previous 2 reports. The report also provides many statistics about award amounts, characteristics of grantees, and a host of related issues.
I found 3 other areas of the report especially interesting:
1) The report highlighted collaborative grantseeking as one strategy that has worked for some organizations. Collaborative grantseeking entails several organizations joining together to submit an application for joint activities or programs. It’s a good strategy to pool resources, leverage funds, and demonstrate to funders that you are not duplicating efforts but instead are coordinating work with your allies to get more done. The whole is really more than the sum of the parts, and the more we can work as a team to fit into a funder’s grantmaking strategy. the better off we all are. Continue reading