Applying for a grant which is “almost a good fit” or trying to make your program fit the grant guidelines can be counterproductive.
One way to insure your program matches the application is to call the funder and discuss it them. They will give you honest feedback on whether or not it’s a good fit or how you could improve your project to make it more attractive. Not only does this save everyone time but it builds relationships and trust.
Many of us hesitate to build relationships with grantmakers because of the competitive nature of grants. We feel the grantmakers don’t want to share information. The exact opposite is true.
Grantmakers want to give away grants. That is their job. Call the foundation you are interested in applying to. Discuss your project with them. They will be happy to tell you if it’s a good fit or not or how you may improve your application. This builds relationships and strengthens your grant proposal.