Frustrations of the Profession

Robin Wenger is a grant writer for the City of Elkhart, Indiana. As a veteran writer, Wenger recently shared a list of frustrations – his top ten, to be exact– describing the challenges of grant writing. In introducing the list, Wenger begins with this statement: “I have been equally frustrated by the feds [federal agencies] […]

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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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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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Challenge Grants Stimulate Giving

Challenge grants issued by grant makers can provide the final thrust to wrapping up a major campaign. For readers unfamiliar with a challenge grant, Wikipedia defines them as follows: “Challenge grants are funds dispersed by one party (the Grant Maker), usually a Government Agency, Corporation, Foundation or Trust, (sometimes anonymously) typically to a non-profit entity […]

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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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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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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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