Only a few weeks for Kiwanis clubs, districts and district foundations to submit a grant application for consideration during the Kiwanis International Foundation’s board meeting in July. Here’s a list of Do’s and Don’ts for applicants.
1. Show your support. Make a case for why the Kiwanis International Foundation should partner with you in funding your project. Foundation grants are intended to fill a financial gap.
2. Seek partnerships from other sources too. Strive to create partnerships in your community for financial and volunteer resources. Consider partnering with a local Service Leadership Program. These partners can also raise funds on behalf of your project. Local businesses make great partners for in-kind donations. Request donations from individuals and other foundations as well. The more funding sources you have, the more likely your project will be successful if we cannot grant the full requested amount.
3. Follow instructions. Read the grant application and guidelines thoroughly. Think about how you want to answer each piece before you start. Writing a rough draft can be helpful. Answer all the questions as they are asked. Don’t miss out on funding because you didn’t follow application or submission instructions.
4. Don’t use any color other than black. When you’re filling out the application, use black. Use a professional typeface such as Arial, Palatino Linotype, Helvetica or Times New Roman.
5. Double-check your math. Proofreading isn’t just for words. Budgets may not show surplus funds. Your revenue and expenditures must be equal. You must provide a description for each item on your budget.
6. Proofread your application. This is your chance to demonstrate to our foundation board that your project should be funded. Make sure your application is free of grammatical errors. Have someone you can trust to give honest feedback review your application.
7. Remember the deadlines. You can submit a grant application at any time, but your application must be postmarked by the deadline to be considered at the foundation’s next board meeting.
8. Contact our foundation with questions. We are happy to answer questions and clarify instructions for your Kiwanis club, district or district foundation.
1. Don’t start at the last minute. Our grant review application process is thorough. To increase your chances of receiving funding, your application should be well written. Give yourself enough to be reviewed before you submit.
2. Don’t let another organization take the lead. Your club, district or district foundation should take the lead on your project even if a third-party will benefit from it. Our foundation only partners with Kiwanis entities and we do not work with other organizations through the grant process.
3. Don’t leave anything blank. Missing information will disqualify your application from consideration.
4. Don’t apply for a grant if you’re not a Kiwanis club, district or district foundation. Kiwanis clubs not in good standing, club foundations, divisions, districts in formation and districts in pre formation are not eligible to receive funding.
5. Don’t expect this grant to be your sole source of funding. Our grants help you extend your Kiwanis impact. They are not intended to be the only funding source for a project or program. In fact, your financial support and other partnerships will make your application stronger.
6. Don’t provide more than what is requested. You might have beautiful pictures, a great video or brochures, but submitting any information beyond what is requested will disqualify your request.
7. Don’t estimate costs. When you’re putting together the budget for your application be as specific as possible on expenses. If you need to purchase supplies, find out from the vendor the exact cost for the quantity you need.
8. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We’re here to support you and we’re always available to help.
You can find the grant application and application guide on our Kiwanis Family Grants webpage.