If you are just founding a new nonprofit for the first time, getting nonprofit start up grants is a good way to get your organization up and running. Finding the right companies and governmental organizations for those grants, however, can take a lot of work. Especially if you have not been involved with fundraising in the form of grants before.
Approach corporations to be partners — Corporations are always looking for ways to do something good in a community, while also getting a big tax write-off for themselves.
Approach some of the top companies in your area and ask if they would be willing to enter into an exclusive partnership with your new nonprofit. A partnership that is only being offered to a handful of companies, and one that would see them get a huge amount of free advertising just by having their name appear on everything you release about your non profit.
You may be surprised at just how much money a company will give when they feel they are going to get an exclusive offer few other companies can.
Get your 501(c)(3) status — A true nonprofit in the United States is a legal 501(c)(3) organization. What this means is they can legally fundraise as a nonprofit, and are an organization that does not pay any taxes on the donations they receive.
Having this status can help you a lot when it comes to asking for nonprofit startup grants. After all, with 501(c)(3) status, your organization is now completely legal.
Submit grants to local foundations — While many people just starting a new nonprofit make the mistake of submitting grants to national foundations, you have much more of a chance of receiving one if you submit them to local foundations instead.
Research local foundations closely, and write a grant proposal for a nonprofit start up grant that is targeted exactly to what the foundation you are applying to funds.
Start with just one organization, and submit a nonprofit start up grant application. Then, once you have one grant application in place, submit an application for even more. After all, the more nonprofit start up grant applications you submit, the more chance there is you will find one or two foundations to help fund you.
Ask other nonprofits how they funded their beginnings — One of the best resources are other local nonprofits, as they can tell you quickly which foundations they applied to and how successful they were with each of them.
Look for nonprofits that are running similar programs to you and find out who they submitted their nonprofit start up grant applications to. Research these foundations and companies well, and then submit yours to the same places.
Just make sure you sell your organization as something that is far more unique than the one you have just looked at.