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It is the age-old question: How will your program be sustainable beyond the grant period? We struggle to be both creative and honest, sharing our funding plans, partnerships, board leadership, and other ways to demonstrate that this program will live on forever. However, the reality is that not all programs will last—like great books and a box of chocolates, all good things must come to an end.
Is there anything worse for a grantmaker to read in the sustainability portion of an application than the generic line, “We are going to apply for additional grants?” This line is as equally transparent as a weak sustainability plan for a program or project as the response, “We are going to apply for additional grants and seek donations from major and individual donors.”
The answer to the sustainability question is, in fact, all in how you look at it, but first, you actually have to look at it! I spent many years trusting my supervisor or other staff members who willingly edited my grant applications, to pick up on any sub-par responses I tried to submit. Inexperienced in grant writing, I believed the answer to the sustainability question involved naming all funding sources from which we would request grants over the next year.