Many CEC customers start with only grant writing services. But, rarely is one grant sufficient to meet the fiscal needs of a whole organization or a select project/program—unless we are talking about a sizeable governmental award. Therefore, an ongoing grants PROGRAM is almost always necessary. We construct formal Grant Plans that usually span a period of 6-
While many of our clients stop there… it is not advisable. Grant success is very much tied to the health and breadth of your other revenue streams, and your proven ability to secure other forms of support. And, grants are not the stand-
We begin with a complete organizational health assessment, which includes review of your 990 tax returns and financial statements over the last few years, marketing and other materials, identifiable (non-
Obviously, the more detailed the plan, the more it will cost to prepare. A full plan contains all the interconnected components of fiscal health, growth, and sustainability—including targeted communications activity. For instance, if you want to attract corporate sponsors, what tactics will you employ to give them the recognition and public exposure they seek? And, how are you building your event attendance and support from the general public from year to year? These are, like everything is, interrelated. Many grant applications also require information about your other revenue streams and plans for sustaining the organization/project beyond the grant award itself. You can’t get away from this. Not having a plan hurts you.
To the left, you will see a list of all the elements that COULD be included in a comprehensive fiscal development plan. Detail will vary, depending on the organization’s available budget for addressing this critical need. Even if you can only afford a scaled-
No one funds TODAY’S activities. Determining where you will be and what you will need 12 months from now (and beyond) requires planning, both fiscally and programmatically. If you have to start small, fine. But, you really need to begin, regardless of scale.
Components of a Fiscal Development Plan