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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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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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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Part 2: Grant Writing Strategies

Part 1: A Guide to Grant Writing during the Economic Crisis explored the response by foundations to lay the groundwork for organizations to adjust their grantsmanship programs accordingly. Part 2: Grant Writing Strategies recommends three strategies for organizations to survive the economic changes: Write Smarter Write More Grant Proposals Write Better Grant Proposals TIPS FOR […]

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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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Target Grant Writing to the Reviewers

Marketing the organization and its services to the buyer—in this case, the grant maker—is an integral part of successful grant writing. It pays to know about the individuals who will be reading the grant proposal and making the funding decisions so writers can feature relevant information in their proposals. For example, the reviewers of federal […]

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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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Audit Findings and Grant Reviews

Why do foundations ask to see an audit report? What are they looking for in the report? What can an organization do when it does not have an audit report to send? It is standard procedure for foundations to request a copy of an organization’s most recent annual audit report as part of the grant […]

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Sample Letters: Support for Matching Funds

Foundation and federal grant writers can learn more about what a grant maker is looking for in letters of financial support by examining sample letters from the Department of Education. Foundation grant makers and governmental agencies may require applicants to submit letters of support along with their proposals to demonstrate that applicants have secured the […]

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