Thinking about applying for a Launch Pad Coaching Grant? Here are some tips to help you put together a strong application!
Make sure you’ve read the Application Guidelines and confirmed that your project and organization are eligible. Launch Pad coaching grants are open to Canadian organizations who can demonstrate that they are in a position to benefit from the coaching grant.
Make sure you’ve selected the right coaching grant category for your project or organization by thinking about how it fits with your initiative, and the specific kind of advice you’re looking for.
Use clear, simple language to describe your goals and how you plan to achieve them.
If you are not the owner of the historic place, explain how your group or organization fits into the picture. Who are the owners, and what is your current or desired arrangement?
If the property is owned by a municipality, are you, as a nonprofit or charity, in the driver’s seat to implement change? What restrictions (if any) does your organization face?
Tell us why your historic place is important to you and your community. Is it a community hub? A cool historic museum? What makes it special?
Tell us how this coaching grant will help you move your initiative forward, and what other activities you are also undertaking.
Remember, Launch Pad coaching grants only provide up to 14 hours of coaching services. Successful applicants must clearly demonstrate that they have the organizational capacity to undertake the initiative, or have a plan in place to ensure that the initiative can be undertaken.
Tell us what success looks like for your project or organization. Be specific – include your goals and milestones you to achieve over the next year, and how a coaching grant would help you drive your initiative.
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Grants are simply funds provided by a granting organization, such as public, private or corporate foundation or a government department. Grants can be an excellent source of funding for capital improvements and to seed or grow a special initiative. It is, however, a competitive market. Funders are approached by many organizations doing great work. You need to prove that your project will generate lasting, positive change in your community.
Major gifts are the largest donations an organization receives. Depending on the organization a major gift might be $500 or $100,000. Typically 80% of donations come from 20% of donors, so identifying, cultivating and retaining major gift donors should be a priority for your organization.
Sponsorship is not a gift – it’s a business transaction. Companies offer sponsorships that support causes they identify with [youth, healthcare], allow them access to a target audience, or because they want to be seen to be supporting an organization.