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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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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Grant Writing 101: Nuts and Bolts

Grant Writing 101: Nuts and Bolts Date: April 25, 2012 Sponsored by the North West Indiana Education Service Center (NWIESC) Time: 9:00AM-3:00PM (registration begins at 8:30AM) Site: NWIESC, 2939 41st Street, Highland, IN 46322 (Enter through door “H”) Fees: $175 – NWIESC Members; $250 – Non-NWIESC Members (fee includes book & lunch) Deadline: April 19, […]

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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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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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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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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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Will Foundations Support Government Funded Projects?

One result of the poor economy and dwindling federal grants is that organizations that have relied on government-based funding for years are looking to the private sector, foundations in particular, for support. While some foundations have always supported them, more foundations are opening their doors to consider requests from organizations that receive government grants or […]

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