Federal Grants: How to Calculate Local Match

Some federal grants provide a portion of the total funds necessary to operate a project and require recipients to match the federal share of funding with local support (matching funds). The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provided instructions and examples to applicants in a recent competition on how to calculate the amount of match […]

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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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Grant Applications Need Follow-Up

An applicant submits a grant proposal, and the waiting begins. What, if any, action can a grant writer take while the proposal is under review? Federal agencies limit an applicant’s opportunities to conduct follow-up activities. They do the follow-up essentially by acknowledging receipt of the proposal and confirming an on-time submission with applicants. Once they […]

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Grants May Require “Back-Up” Funding

Organizations should proceed with caution when government and foundation grant makers issue requests for proposals (RFP) that cap award ceilings. Too often, funding from other another source is necessary to begin and operate the projects. The following are case examples of why a cushion of other funding sources is often necessary to support a grant. […]

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Part 1: A Guide to Grant Writing during the Economic Crisis

Part 1: A Guide to Grant Writing during the Economic Crisis The downturn in the United States economy has taken a toll on the giving levels of private oundations by making less money available to not-for-profit organizations. At the same time, many organizations are seeing increases in the demand for their services. Most not-for-profit and […]

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Directing Attention to Information in Proposals

It is easy for reviewers to overlook information in a proposal when they are reading lengthy documents or if they responsible for reviewing a number of grant applications at one time. So how can a grant writer make information stand out in a proposal so it not missed during the review? Grant writers are hesitant […]

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Grant Predictions for FY 2012

The new federal fiscal year begins October 1, 2011 amid an atmosphere of uncertainties. With so many budget questions remaining, no one is certain is how much money will be available for federal grant programs. Much rides on the outcomes of the “Super Committee,” a bipartisan Congressional committee assigned the responsibility of identifying budget cuts. […]

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Read Proposals to Improve Grant Writing

Reading grant proposals developed by other writers is a good way to improve grant-writing skills. It presents an opportunity to see how others are formatting information as well as to glean ideas for improving service delivery. Grant writers make their presentations in different ways. It is interesting to see the variety of formats and type […]

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