Writing the Agency Description

Describing the applicant organization is a standard section in the narrative of a foundation proposal. The section provides information about the history and purpose of the organization and its location(s), and introduces the key personnel, governing board, and services the agency provides or programs it conducts. The agency description is perhaps the only section in […]

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The Benefits of an Advisory Council

Advisory councils benefit clients, grantees, and federal agencies and play an important role in helping an applicant to win and implement a federal grant. How federal agencies view advisory councils Advisory councils have two important roles in federal grant programs. First, membership on the council can include representatives of the client service population thus assuring […]

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Connect With Other Grant Writers

It is always interesting to hear how others are handling tasks associated with grant writing: What software programs are you using to manage grants? Which section of the proposal carries the most weight during a review? Does anyone specialize with research grants? How can I get started as a freelance grant writer? Should you pad […]

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Expand Opportunities to Apply for Federal Grants

Federal grant eligibility is open to individuals, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, educational institutions, public housing, for-profit organizations, and others. Each grant announcement specifically addresses applicant eligibility since it varies by federal grant program. There are two ways an organization, referred to Agency A below, can expand its opportunities to apply for grants when […]

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Grantsmanship: A Five-Step Fund Raising Program

Fundraisers have broadened Wikipedia’s definition of grantsmanship from “the art of acquiring peer-reviewed research funding” to include all types of grants. Grantsmanship is generally defined as “the art of acquiring grants.” Often the term “grant writing” describes an organization’s fund raising program when, in actuality, grant writing is but a single step in the grantsmanship […]

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Breaking the Barrier: Unsolicited Proposals Not Accepted

How can an organization get its foot in the door of a foundation unwilling to accept unsolicited proposals? There are enough foundations limiting acceptance of proposals that The Foundation Center allows grant seekers to exclude these foundations as part of the search criteria they use to identify grant makers. As though there were not enough […]

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Letters of Intent

Foundation and government agencies use letters of intent (LOI) differently. The letter of intent tells a government agency the organization plans to submit an application. Foundations, however, view a letter of intent as a summary of the proposed project. The purpose of a letter of intent to a government agency is to give the agency […]

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The Role of Politics in Federal Grants

The federal grant application process is not immune from politics. Even though the emphasis in preparing a federal grant application is on scoring maximum points during the review process, politics can and does have a say in the process for awarding funds. Applicants are advised to involve their congressional representatives early on by contacting his/her […]

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The Grantseeker’s Checklist

“The Grantseeker’s Checklist” is reproduced with the permission of CD Publications. For more information visit www.cdpublications.com or call 1-800-666-6380. CD Publications Presents The Grantseeker’s Checklist The following tip sheet for grantseekers is the result of a collective effort by the team of veteran editors and reporters at CD Publications, a company that has been providing […]

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