Applying for a Cold Noses Foundation, Inc. Grant
Congratulations on your decision to apply for a Cold Noses Foundation, Inc. grant! We look forward to reviewing your application. Here are a few hints and answers to f.a.qs to help guide you through the process. We receive many applications every session, and while following these guidelines does not guarantee a successful outcome for your application, it will help increase the chances that your application meets our standards.
Note- Cold Noses Foundation sends all of its grant awards via USPS and if wire is required, wire fees must be included in the potential grantees budget.
We hope this FAQ helps you create a successful grant application. We often receive many grant requests each session, and while we wish we could, we cannot help everyone. We are a small, all-volunteer non-profit and as such have to be very selective in our grant awards. We wish you the best of luck and thank you for your dedication to animals in need.
According to our guidelines, we require all U.S organizations to be registered 501(C)(3) non-profits. Non-US organizations may be 501c3 equivalent, which we will determine on a case-by-case basis.
The average grant ranges between $2,000-$5,000.00 USD. Grants below or above these amounts are given, but it depends on the funds available and the quality of the grant request.
1. Vague Requests:
Most commonly, we see grant requests that are too vague. The organization is often not specific in regards to the use of the requested funds. This concerns us when we see this, as our grants are designed to fund specific, sustainable projects with measureable outcomes. Make sure you explain how you will follow up with these projects and measure the success. This is important to our donors as well and will help us when determining a future grant for a similar project.
2. Insufficient Budget Breakdown:
When we ask for a budget breakdown of the proposed project we want to see where every penny is going. This allows us to determine if the project is fiscally sound and efficient. If we do not see exactly how our funds will be spent, we cannot grant funds. All reports must be in US Dollars. Include an estimate of how many animals you can help with the requested funds.
3. Too many projects:
This goes along with #1, but instead of a vague request, organizations ask for funding for many different possible projects and their application appears to be unfocused. We recommend choosing one project for which you would most like funding and that is within the scope of our mission and focus on that.
4. No background demographics:
One of the strongest deciders in our grant decision-making process is whether or not a project is in an area of critical need. We want to see what the population demographics are for the area you are serving with the project. (Is there a large, low-income population?, Is there a high amount of poverty? Is there a large number of in-takes at the local animal shelters? Etc.) In other words, how critical is it that you help this population? Actual statistics are best if you have them. Everyone who applies needs funds, what makes your area's need urgent or critical?
If you are awarded a grant, no, we will not award you another grant the immediately following grant session. However, this does not disqualify you from Emergency Relief or World Spay Day grants. Those are separate from the bi--annual grant sessions. If you are not awarded a grant, you can reapply as often as you would like. But this will require you to fill out a separate grant inquiry for each session.