Throughout the years I have had the opportunity to work on numerous grants that listed matching grants as a requirement in the guidelines. Matching grants are conditional awards that require an organization to raise a specified portion of the grant through solicitation of new money and/or in-kind contributions, depending on the stipulation in the grant guidelines. The purpose of a matching grant requirement is to challenge an organization to increase its revenue and/or contributions and to encourage a nonprofit to diversify/broaden its base of support.
For those of you new to grant writing, guidelines vary from donor-to-donor and agency-to-agency. As grant writers often say, �If you have seen one application, you have seen one application.� Keep this in mind as you read through grant guidelines and do grant research. Continue reading “What are Matching Grants | How to Create the Match”