Carry out Research on Your Project for Raising Funds

The first step entails doing archival research by accessing academic journals, newspapers and media archives, and relevant governmental database. Look for empirical information regarding the problems you are addressing.

For instance, if your NGO aims to implement projects targeting the spread of hate crimes in your community you should look for surveys and quantitative data picturing this phenomenon. After gathering this information, look up for academic and non-academic analyses engaging with the possible reasons of hate crime in your community and select information regarding when the phenomenon started, how it materialised and how it is discussed in the public realm.

Research what has been done by assessing policies developed at the local and national administrative levels. It is important to align your activities with existing projects to build a dialogue with political authorities (also to access their funding schemes).

List all the organisations working on similar or related topic in your area. Highlight the names of organisations that could become potential partners and write down names and goals of main projects implemented in order to bridge your planned activities with existing programmes. Your goal is to acknowledge what has been done with the aim of stressing your NGO original contribution to the field.

Communicating with the target group

You should clarify for whom you intent to develop projects. Once you decided your target group, gather first hand information such as life stories able to tell why your projects are of importance in the community.

For instance, you can collect stories of marginalisation, discrimination, and more generally obstacles encountered by your target group to provide sound evidence for the implementation of your future projects.

To connect statistical facts with personal stories is of crucial importance because it will enable you to strengthen your mission and to justify the relevance of your planned activities by voicing the real concerns of your community and establish first contacts with people you will be working with while implementing your projects.

You might choose to organise a roundtable or a focus group with individuals from your target group to gather this information.