Families pursuing international adoption may choose to apply for adoption grants. There are grant giving organizations who care for children who have been orphaned by giving grants to families pursuing adoption. The process can be time consuming, but for some families, it is by receiving these grants that they are able to continue on their adoption journey. Here are some tips to separate your adoption grant application from the rest:
- Read (and follow) ALL of the grant application instructions. The granting organization has carefully considered how they want to disburse their funds and who they want to
assist. They’ve designed their application to capture the information they need to best identify worthy candidates. Don’t eliminate yourself at the outset by forgetting to include a document or piece of information that they have requested. Also, take careful note of the application deadline and make sure you turn in your application in the correct time frame.
- Be prepared to demonstrate sacrifice. Granting organizations want to know that their hard earned money is being given to families who are fully committed to the adoption process. Demonstrate the sacrifices you have already made to see your adoption to a successful conclusion.
- Identify five strong references. Choose your references wisely. You want honest references from people who have known you a long time and seen you in a variety of situations. Many granting organizations are faith-based so having your pastor as a reference may be helpful.
- Include a cover letter. It’s possible the grant application will not ask about the details that make your story unique. Including a cover letter with your grant application allows you to include the details which fill out your story and grab the reviewer’s heart and attention.
- Attach a photo of yourself. Providing a picture of you and your spouse allows the person reviewing your application to attach faces to your story and offers a glimpse of the family you will become.
Follow these five tips for a successful adoption grant application. Also, be sure to make photo copies of all applications and documents before you submit them. You will find this helpful for the next application, which will likely include similar questions.