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8 Simple Steps to Building a Bullet Proof Proposal for Technology Project Funding [FREE GUIDE & PROPOSAL TEMPLATE]

Posted by Nicola Dickinson on Sep 24, 2015 2:05:00 PM

Getting the funding to invest in technology to improve internal processes probably hasn’t seemed like a top priority for your organization. It might feel like there’s always something more important your time, attention, and money could go towards.

Tech investments can be hard to justify: your funders want to know where their money is going, and showing them how your new software system will improve your overall efficiency sometimes just isn’t as powerful as showing them the actual social benefit of their donation.

But the reality is that backend technologies can radically change your organization for the better. They free up your time, resources, and funds, so you can redirect your attention towards all the projects and programs that your organization runs. The ones your funders want to see.

It might be easier to sell your funders on providing you with 12 computers for community center computer lab than it is to get them passionate about updating your systems, but the time saved by implementing new internal technology can pay for those 12 computers and more in the long term.

There’s just one challenge left. Creating effective grant proposals for internal technology investments is difficult. You need to have concrete ROI for the investment and then connect that ROI to how it will translate into increased social good. Since many nonprofits are short on the staff and time resources necessary to make this process easy, we’ve put this guide together to help you get started.

Our guide shares best practices through these 8 steps:

  1. Discover your project's funding eligibility
  2. Build a plan with funders in mind
  3. Shortlist Potential Funders
  4. Better map the technology-benefit connection
  5. Map our your costs
  6. Effectively format the proposal
  7. Build a connection
  8. Submitting the proposal

Click below to download your copy of the guide:

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This Post Was Written By Nicola Dickinson
Nicola Dickinson is a Founding Partner at Sparkrock. She formed Sparkrock with a vision and mandate to deliver award-winning, meaningful and affordable technology solutions exclusively for the non-profit and public sector. With a passion for assisting non-profit and public sector, she provides true value by being an active member of the non-profit community.
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