Questions You Can Ask Program Officers
It's always a good idea to talk to someone at the foundation before you apply for a grant.
Why? Program officers and foundation staff can provide clarity, help you strengthen your proposal, and sometimes offer tips on when or how - or even if - you should apply.
And, while no grant applicant likes to hear a foundation say "No" or "We're not interested," if that's the message, it's always better to hear it before you spend time applying for a grant.
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What nonprofits say...
"I have already benefitted from the practical advice that Laura gave in a grant writing workshop. I emailed a foundation officer to ask a few questions and when she called me back, she gave me a few tips to make our request more likely to be successful!"
Sarah DeOpsomer, Development and Programs Manager, Bozeman Public Library Foundation