One of the largest challenges that associations and leagues face are having enough funds to provide a safe and effective program for their participants. Associations rely heavily on the support of their community. When small businesses cut back, programs like youth sports suffer. During these economic times, Associations must become more creative in finding capital to replace equipment, order uniforms, and maintain a safe facility for our programs; while keeping registration costs low for parents.
To successfully receive monies in a competitive Grant market, applicants must make sure to carefully follow ALL directions, answer questions clearly while being brief, and watch for deadlines. The excerpt below was taken from a Site that offers great advice on successfully receiving grants. We encourage you to review this site when preparing grant applications.
Tips from Non-profit Guides Web site
"Successful grant-writing involves solid advance planning and preparation. It takes time to coordinate your planning and research, organize, write and package your proposal, submit your proposal to the funder, and follow-up.
Organize your proposal, pay attention to detail and specifications, use concise, persuasive writing, and request reasonable funding. Clearly understand the grantmaker's guidelines before you write your proposal. Make sure the grantmaker's goals and objectives match your grantseeking purposes." READ MORE
We have also compiled a list of various grants that are available to help ease the fiscal burden.