Grant Writing for Public Service: How to Secure Funding for Your Social Impact Project
From funding community improvement programs to financing social impact projects, learn how to align social good with financial backing through skilled grant writing.
Tara Houston is a nonprofit professional and public servant in Nashville, TN. In her current role, Tara works with patient advocacy groups seeking therapies and cures for the rare, genetic disorders they represent.
Thomas Grant Richardson
Thomas Grant Richardson, Ph.D., is a freelance traditional arts consultant, fieldworker, and documentarian based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has worked for state traditional arts programs, universities, and various nonprofits across the country. He has also served as a grant panelist (several times over) on the state and federal level.
If you’re in (or want to be in) the business of serving the public, you need resources. The more money you have, the better you’re able to help others. But where do you find the funding? One word: grants. A grant is a tool for funding ideas and projects that provide public services, stimulate the economy, and benefit the general public. But grants aren’t just given out like Tootsie Rolls on Halloween night. You need a definable goal, a strategy to reach that goal, and an explanation of why the goal is worth funding.
Crafting a compelling grant proposal that clearly demonstrates how exactly the funding will benefit the local community or the public at large is far from simple, but with the right tools and resources, it’s possible for anyone to learn how to write a winning proposal. This guide breaks down the key components of a successful grant proposal, includes expert advice to get your submission noticed, and offers tools to help you locate funding sources that can project off the paper and into the community.
Types of Public Service Grants
Before you get started writing your grant proposal, it’s important to understand the main types of grants available to fund public service projects. Although it’s true that all types of different grants exist, below are the three types of grants most common in public service.