Presenting a Proposal
Multiple submissions are acceptable. You are not expected to contact one source and wait patiently for a response, which could take months or years. Funders expect you to be aggressively seeking funding from a variety of sources. If they ask you the names of other contacts, you should be forthcoming with that information.
As mentioned, the time from submitting a proposal to hearing back from them could be weeks or months or longer. The potential funder may contact you for additional information before reaching a final decision. This is called the review process. Be prepared to play this waiting game and try not to succumb to frustration and anxiety.
Another place you can look for information on funding and running your business is the Small Business Administration (at
If you are lucky enough to receive a grant, be sure to send a thank-you note. If you are turned down, do not despair. There will be other organizations who will be interested in helping you, and it does not mean that the funder who turned you down has shut the door on you forever. Contact the funder, and ask why your proposal was rejected. Perhaps you can amend the document to make a better case for yourself. Also, keep them in your database and do not hesitate to contact them at a later date with another proposal. Just because they do not like one idea does not mean they will reject another out of hand. You must not take such things personally, but instead see it as just one small bump on the road to your new career.