Funders often ask you to provide matching funds for a project. These funds are your "contribution," or your share of the project's cost, illustrating your commitment to the project for which you are requesting additional financial support.


Grant makers can request matching funds in a variety of ratios. Many funders ask for a one-to-one match. So, if you're requesting $10,000, you need to show $10,000 in matching funds. There was a federal grant program that is no longer in existence that required a three-to-one match. For every dollar an applicant requested, the applicant had to show three dollars in matching funds!

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