Grant awards are not accidental. Each grant award is a reaction from a funding agency to the focused and deliberate discussion of YOUR needs. Instead of approaching the process with the idea of: What's the worst they can say? No? or "no harm-no foul", be deliberate and strategic. When you plan your programs, align your grant-writing strategy and write your proposals be sure to highlight EXACTLY how your program/project matches the goals of the funding organization. Spell it out for them so they see the connections between their funding focus and the specific work you will do. Strive to be in the driver's seat as opposed to letting the funding agency dictate what programs you develop. During these tough economic times you can maximize your effort by being deliberate about which foundations or grants to which you will apply.