Collaborative efforts can offer more comprehensive responses to community challenges than any one organization alone can deliver. “When the muscle and know-how of multi-talented teams focus on a mutual concern, there’s a real opportunity for impact,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “Laying out a coordinated approach in a collaborative grant proposal is powerful and highly competitive.”
If you’ve never worked with other organizations to develop a joint funding request, a quick internet search will produce an abundance of tested-and-true advice. Appoint a team leader. Establish a workplan and project schedule. Assign roles and responsibilities. Agree on how you will make decisions. Have one person do the writing. Have everyone read a draft and offer edits. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Document everything.
Gleaned from decades of experience developing joint funding proposals, Floersch added a few more tips:
When working with colleague organizations becomes business as usual, you’ll have more impact on the issues you care about. “You’ll learn a lot and gain a lot,” said Floersch. “And before long you won’t be able to imagine working any other way.” © Copyright 2020, The Grantsmanship Center
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