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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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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Writing the Agency Description

Describing the applicant organization is a standard section in the narrative of a foundation proposal. The section provides information about the history and purpose of the organization and its location(s), and introduces the key personnel, governing board, and services the agency provides or programs it conducts. The agency description is perhaps the only section in […]

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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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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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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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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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Tis the Season for Year-End Grant Requests

As the end of the calendar year approaches, it is time for fundraisers to implement annual appeal campaigns to solicit year-end contributions. “Tis the season” also for grant writers to revisit prospect lists to identify grant makers, especially foundations and corporations, open to making year-end grants. Procedurally, the business of grant making slows during the […]

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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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