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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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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Ring in the New Year with a Grants Calendar

With the beginning of a new year comes the task of planning and scheduling new grant submissions on the calendar. A grants calendar can serve two valuable functions: (1) It is a fund raising tool to record grant submission deadlines, and (2) It is management tool to assist the organization and grant writer(s) to allocate […]

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Factors Influencing a Grant Writer’s Success Rate

One of the first questions an interviewer asks of a grant-writing candidate is, “What is your success rate?” While a response giving a percentage or ratio of success is expected, it is not always as simple as that. A number of factors that are beyond his control can affect a grant writer’s success rate. Selection […]

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