|Applying for grants is a necessary part of the funding pie and a crazy workload every agency experiences. But, with ever-shrinking dollars available, if you’ve been awarded a grant, it’s worth raising a cheer and sharing the good news. Easily overlooked with hectic granting deadlines and project timetables, agencies often backburner their good news or shoot out the popular press release without taking the time to truly communicate the award and its intended impact.Include communication|
In order to make the most of any grant, communication should be a critical line item in your grant budgetary request. Consider communication tactics that are not only timed at the point of award, but throughout the period of the grant, including its conclusion. From updates on your progress to the final impact of the grant, communication with your audiences and the community at-large brings greater relevance to your mission as well as awareness of the granting agency.Announce your news
Once you’ve scored the necessary funds to help you move forward with your project, it’s time to let your audiences and community know. Do that two ways: online and offline. To start, update your website with the good news. Announce that you’ve got big plans, plans that’ll impact those you serve and the community somehow.
Complement your digital efforts with a little traditional outreach. In so doing, be sure to tell people what the project is, why you’re doing it, and how it will affect them. Here are a few ways to do that:
Tell them how it’s going
Communication is part of the key to a truly effective grant. Ensure you make the most of it by including it within your proposal and then follow through by sharing with your audiences. It will raise your agency’s awareness and give thanks to the granting agency that awarded you the dollars!
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