According to an article by The Nonprofit Times, since 2004, only one-tenth of sampled funders reported multi-year grantmaking. The same is true of 2011: Fully 89 percent of sampled funders reported no multi-year grants.
So how do you get a grant that spans numerous years?
- Focus on the phases. If your program has three major phases it is simple to work that into a three year budget.
- Provide the long term yearly goal and objectives to the funders. “This year we expect to accomplish A of C with a grant award provided by funder.
- Deliver on the promises. Once awarded, be ready to show that A was successfully accomplished and you are already to move forward into B and C phase.
As with any funder, building the relationship, showing measurable outcomes, reporting on-time and being effective in your mission keeps the door open for further requests.