What resources do we need?
Coalitions themselves typically do not require large amounts of funding for materials and supplies, but instead require significant time commitments from individuals and organizations involved with the coalition. For those organizations providing coalition leadership, the ability to allocate staffing to coalition work is one of the most important considerations when deciding whether or not to be a part of a coalition.
Where to look for resources
Think outside the box when looking for coalition funding:
- Corporate grants (local corporations)
- Hospital foundations
- Community foundations
- Private donors
- Fundraising events (dinners, etc.)
- Grants with local universities
- Library Foundations
Applying for Grants
Many coalitions choose to apply for grant funding to support their projects and goals. Check out the following resources to learn more about grant application essentials.
Choosing a good lead agency
As mentioned in Stage 2, the lead agency convenes the coalition, assumes significant responsibility for its operation, and typically maintains any funding accounts. However, the lead agency does not control the coalition. The lead agency should recognize the amount of resources necessary to initiate and maintain the coalition and the importance of respecting the differences between the coalition’s and the lead agency’s perspectives.