Grants are funds awarded by foundations, government agencies and private donors to financially support a qualified organization's program, activity, staff position or even general operating fund. In writing grants for Buddhist temples, a grant seeker should focus on writing about the merits of the particular temple program to be funded, including details about the community need for the program, the temple's track record for success in implementing other similar programs and the competency of the staff to wisely utilize the grant funds.
Prepare a written overview that details how long the Buddhist temple has been in existence, its mission statement, the population it serves and the programs, activities and events it supports.
Outline the specific reason funding is being requested. For example, if the grant will be used to implement a new program, explain why the program is valuable, how it will be operated and who it will serve.
Write an explanation of the Buddhist temple's anticipated goals and measurements for the grant funding. This means detailing what is anticipated to be the end result of the funding and providing information on how the organization will measure whether the stated goals have been met.
Assemble proof of non-profit status, accounting records, tax and audit records, employee resumes and an annual operating budget. These are all documents grant-making organizations typically request as part of a grant application package.
Package the grant application according to application guidelines, making sure you have included the correct number of copies requested and that all documents have been proof-read and signed by appropriate parties.
- Every foundation and grant-making entity has a specific format they want followed as part of the grant application process. Always request grant application guidelines to ensure you are providing all of the necessary information. Look for other avenues to secure “matching funds” or “in-kind” contributions. Matching funds are monies that will be pledged to an organization on the condition another party offers the same amount of funding as well. In-kind contributions are non-monetary donations. Many grant-making entities will ask that you secure matching and in-kind contributions prior to writing a grant to ensure the organization has more than one income stream to support its mission. Make sure your grant application is complete and is delivered on or before deadline to ensure it receives proper consideration.
- Many public entities and government organizations restrict the awarding of grants to religious organizations. Research conducted in advance of grant writing will help determine the best funding sources to approach for grant funding.
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