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Today’s article is part of our series on grant writing, one area in which Tiny Frog Strategies works with organizations to get from where they are to where they want to be.

Just last week I had a past client call me out of the blue.

“Julia,” she said, “We need your help – I found this great grant, we’re a really good fit for what they want to fund, and we have a relationship with the funder – they already know about us and the work we do. The only problem is that it’s due in a week.”

“That’s tight,” I said, “But great, we’ve worked together before, so I know we can make it work.”

I spent some time gathering up the details of the application and assessing what they would need for a successful application. As I worked, I got more and more worried. There was a lot to be done, but they could still make it work. It did seem like a great opportunity, but…

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Today’s article is part of our series on grant writing, one area in which Tiny Frog Strategies works with organizations to get from where they are to where they want to be.

So here’s the problem: you need money for the ongoing core activities of your organization, things like paying staff, paying rent and buying toilet paper. Grant funders want to give money to activities that connect directly with your beneficiaries, like an innovative meal program or a new initiative with a local artist. You aren’t opposed to being innovative, but first you need to make sure there is toilet paper in the washroom.

Welcome to the ultimate catch 22 of being a nonprofit. The bad news is that this tension has been around for a while and is probably not going to be fixed any time soon. The good news is that your organization isn’t the only one who feels frustrated and others have managed to buy toilet paper AND try out new ways of doing things.

So let’s talk about how to deal with this problem.
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Today’s article is part of our series on grant writing, one area in which Tiny Frog Strategies works with organizations to get from where they are to where they want to be.

Where do I find grant opportunities for my organization?

Let’s talk about where to look for grant opportunities. (If you need a refresher on what grant funding is all about, click here.) To know where to look, you need to know where you are coming from. So today we’re going to use my favourite imaginary charity, Save the Pond, located in a quiet corner of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Freida Frog, the Executive Director of Save the Pond, was sitting in her office watching raindrops hit the pond. She was thinking about the upcoming activities at Save the Pond and wondering how she would make sure there was enough to pay for it all. Read more