Writing with Authority

An assertive writing tone can instill a grant maker’s confidence in an applicant’s ability to carry out a grant program. While one can assume an organization may not be able to conduct a project without securing the grant, a grant writer should prepare the proposal as though it is not a matter of conducting the […]

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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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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 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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Go for the Extra Points!

Grant writers preparing proposals to grant makers using a point system to review and score applications can take this lesson from the sport of football: The extra points a team earns after scoring a goal can make or break the game. In the end, it all comes down to points. Governmental agencies and foundations employing […]

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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 3: Writing Better Grant Proposals

Earlier articles in this series explored foundation responses to the economic downturn and introduced three strategies for grant writers to adopt: Write Smarter Write More Grant Proposals Write Better Grant Proposals This article concludes the series by providing tips to Write Better Grant Proposals. WRITE BETTER GRANT PROPOSALS A standard foundation proposal outline, as described […]

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Are Your Grant Seeking Goals Realistic?

Is your organization realistic about how much money it can generate from government agencies and foundations? Answers to the following questions can help an organization set realistic goals for its grants program: How much money does the organization plan to raise? What is the total fund raising goal, combining grants with all other funding sources? […]

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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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