Now that the grantseeking cycle is completed, it’s tempting to put the proposal on the shelf until the next funding deadline looms. Don’t! Instead, think of your efforts as a continuously running machine that you must oil and maintain for optimal performance.
Work towards sustainability. End eleventh-hour planning, research, and writing by keeping information current. Brainstorm periodically with your team about what your group can do and work towards a long-term strategy for a reliable income stream.
If you’re receiving a public grant, begin researching how you can target the private sector for matching funds. Now’s also the time to build alliances with other groups working in the same field. Collaborations please funders and can be productive for your group, given the right mix of groups, individuals, and resources.
Explore ways your program can become a catalyst for others. That solidifies the importance of your group, increases the number of projects providing service, and benefits more people.