Federal Grants: How to Calculate Local Match

Some federal grants provide a portion of the total funds necessary to operate a project and require recipients to match the federal share of funding with local support (matching funds). The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provided instructions and examples to applicants in a recent competition on how to calculate the amount of match […]

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Expand Opportunities to Apply for Federal Grants

Federal grant eligibility is open to individuals, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, educational institutions, public housing, for-profit organizations, and others. Each grant announcement specifically addresses applicant eligibility since it varies by federal grant program. There are two ways an organization, referred to Agency A below, can expand its opportunities to apply for grants when […]

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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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One Time Grant Appeal

Foundation grant makers are partial to making grants for time-limited projects with nonrecurring costs. Corporate foundations respond favorably to requests for equipment, renovation, and building projects. The interest here is in “one-time” projects where a foundation does not have to commit to ongoing funding. Foundations are interested in these types of projects because they do […]

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Part 1: A Guide to Grant Writing during the Economic Crisis

Part 1: A Guide to Grant Writing during the Economic Crisis The downturn in the United States economy has taken a toll on the giving levels of private oundations by making less money available to not-for-profit organizations. At the same time, many organizations are seeing increases in the demand for their services. Most not-for-profit and […]

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Traditional Foundation Grant Agreement

SAMPLE LETTER #3: Traditional Foundation Grant Agreement   Foundation Letterhead (Date) Dear (Highest-Rated Applicant), I am pleased to inform you that The (Foundation name) has authorized a grant of $(amount) over (# of months or years) to (Highest-Rated Applicant) for (project name), an effort for which you are seeking funds from the US Department of […]

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Components of a Winning Federal Grant

The components of a successful federal grant are identified by the “three P’s:” 1. Project 2. Project Director 3. Program Officer 1.Project ​Hands down, the most important factor for the success of a federal grant proposal is the proposed project. Reviewers will determine how closely the proposed project aligns with the request for proposal (RFP) […]

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