You have to look for grants that support operating expenses, not programs.
What do you think of pursuing program grants for an event (a) to demonstrate there’s a need for the charity based on event attendance and (b) to demonstrate the capabilities of the organization based on a successful event?
I spent some time in Joan Garry’s leadership lab and Facebook group and my sense is that you need a track record of success and need to be asking for a grant that covers operating expenses specifically to grow your program and not just to maintain it. Could be completely wrong here (no surprise!), which is why I’m asking.
I guess the better question is, how do you gain a funder’s trust that your charity is worth operating funds if your charity is at the beginning of its lifecycle?