Getting cash donations to fund your baseball field projects
a Baseball Grant $$$
Examples, Case Studies
me the Money!
really is baseball grant money out there.
You have to seek it out and work for it.
So, let's get started
on this. If you haven't already read about developing
your fund raising message, then you should check it out after you
read this page. It will prove to be very helpful.
In addtion, the ideas
covered in raising money through donations
and getting equipment and supplies at a discount
will be useful to you.
of funds for your baseball field projects is the Baseball Tomorrow
Fund. This is sponsored by Major League Baseball and the Players
Association. Read more about it here.
So, I want to show
you three things:
- one very good
example of an initial inquiry for a grant,
- a thorough grant
request itself, and
- several case studies
of those who were successful in getting a baseball grant.
A successful letter of inquiry for a baseball
Most organizations that provide grants of any kind use a two step process.
Step one requires that you submit a brief inquiry to
see if you qualify for submitting the entire grant application.
Organizations usually give you a list of topics to cover or a suggested
form to fill out. Either way, this initial step is usually limited
to 1 to 3 pages.
Here is a brief, but
thorough, letter of inquiry for a baseball grant through the Baseball
Tomorrow Fund. This was a successful letter of inquiry that led
to full grant application submittal. Letter
of inquiry for a baseball grant. (pdf - 214kb)
A thorough grant application submitted for
Step two requires that you submit a pretty detailed application
to see if you qualify for the grant money. Organizations
usually give you several forms to fill in and several topics to cover.
This application step can vary. But it is usually 3-20 pages long
with attachments as needed.
So, here is a well
done application for a baseball grant through the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.
One of the
criteria for success with many grants is your ability to get local support
($$ or labor) in addition to the grant money. This particular
grant application did not make the cut because the submitters actually
were able to raise so much local money and support, the grant was denied.
Wouldn't you like to have a problem like that! Not everything they
wanted to is done yet, but they have come a long way! Application
for a baseball grant (pdf - 423kb)
Case studies of successfull grant applicants
It's always good to learn from success. Here's
some research that was conducted while gathering information for a Baseball
Tomorrow Fund grant application.
See if any of these
case studies is close to your situtation. You'd be surprised how
much you can get sometimes. The key again is demonstrating need,
demonstrating local support, and demonstrating that you can keep the program
going after it is funded. Case
studies of successful applicants.
|P.S. Make sure you read the tips and hints at the top
of this webpage. That information will help you through the grant
process if you choose that route for funding.