A secret of many foundations is they sometimes issue grants outside their normal grant cycle. These out-of-cycle grants are usually by invite only based on the relationships between board members of the foundation and the nonprofit.
I’ve written before about building relationships and nowhere are they more important than these types of grants.
Out-of-cycle grants generally have no restrictions or deadlines. They are open grants based on the foundation wanting to help the nonprofit. This help could be the result of the nonprofit’s success in local catastrophes, continued support to the community, or an opportunity for the foundation to make an impact that reflects back on itself.
Nonprofits should submit to a foundation’s grant submission process. However, the nonprofit’s board and executive director should also pursue out-of-cycle grants by building relationships with the foundation board members.
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