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1. Once you’ve prepared your first application, business plan, and proposal, you have the foundation for ongoing and consistent attempts to get funding. Adjusting your template proposal to meet the needs of different programs makes subsequent applications much easier. It increases your opportunities to apply and your chances at success.
2. If you’re refused by a particular agency, don’t give up. You’ve made your initial contact, and this is an opportunity to build a relationship that will pay off down the road. Ask for constructive criticism. Find out specifically why you were refused. With the insight you’ll get as to what the agency is looking for, use your relationship and name recognition to try again.
3. If you’ve been refused because you don’t specifically meet their requirements, look for partners who do meet the requirements and apply together.
4. When you do succeed with a particular agency, maintain the relationship. Once you’ve had some funding, you have a better chance than ever of getting more.
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