Grant Seeking 101: Managing the Grant

Connection Cafe

You got the grant! The entire grants process—from writing the application to receiving the award—can take anywhere from six months to several years. Now it’s time to do what you promised and manage the grant effectively. Step 3: Review How You’ll Use the Funds.

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Grant Seeking 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Winning Grants

Connection Cafe

That means there are a lot of grants out there, if you know where to look. Read on for the keys to finding, applying for and managing grants that will help your organization get a piece of the grantmaking pie! Do you have adequate staff and time to devote to grant applications?

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Grant Seeking 101: Finding the Right Fit

Connection Cafe

In my last post on getting started with grants , we covered the basics of grants and how to determine if your organization was ready to apply for grants. Today, we’ll talk about how to find grants, and how to determine whether the grants you do find are a good fit for your organization. The good news is that, no matter where you are, there are a lot of potential grants. billion in grants annually. Remember, grant applications are a two-way street.

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Grant Seeking 101: Thinking Like a Reviewer

Connection Cafe

You’ve determined your organization is grants-ready , searched high and low to find the best grant , and written an application that would make your English teacher proud. When I served on a committee that reviewed grants, I learned a lot of things I wish I’d known as an applicant. Even if it looks legitimate, grantors don’t know that the funds they give you will be put to good use, or that you’ll be easy to work with after you receive the grant.

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Grant Seeking 101: Getting Started

Connection Cafe

In graduate school, they called me the queen of grants due to my ability to track down grants and help other people with their applications. In six years, I received over $160,000 in federal, state, and university grants to support my research, present and network at conferences, and conduct field work—all on a relatively niche topic (contemporary French literature, film, and graphic novels). Are you ready to be the king or queen of grants at your organization?

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3 Steps to Get More Grants

Connection Cafe

There are some nonprofits who won’t apply for additional grant funding because they can barely manage the ones they have. One more grant would be the proverbial “straw that breaks the camel’s back”. First, you need to be at the table even before the grant has been awarded.

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Grant Seeking 101: Writing Your Application

Connection Cafe

In the last post, we discussed how to find the perfect grant for your organization. This week, we’ll dive into how to write an effective application that will get you the grant. Since you’ve already done your research and determined that your organization is grants-ready , you should be confident you’re a good candidate for this grant. Let’s pretend we’re grantors evaluating a grant application.

Donor-Advised Funds: Insight from the Experts

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds are a hot topic. According to a study released this fall by the National Philanthropic Trust , the assets held in these charitable funds increased almost 24% last year to a whopping $70.7 Further, contributions coming out of these same funds grew by 27%.

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Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

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One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. The Lavelle Fund exemplifies the tremendous social return that bold philanthropy can create. The Lavelle Fund also supports programs benefiting the developing world.

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The Pros and Cons of Nonprofit Grants

NonProfit Hub

And, almost always, grants are the driving force of that frustration and tedium. Folks new to the industry seem to have an overblown notion of what grants can and should do for their organizations. They’re great tools—don’t get me wrong—but a grant can’t be your silver bullet.

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Survival in the New Age of Grant Management

Connection Cafe

This post is part 2 of our New Age of Grant Management series. If you haven’t already, make sure to go back and read part one, Welcome to the New Age of Accountability in Grant Management. No longer is grant funding free money with very few strings attached.

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Welcome to the New Age of Accountability in Grant Management

Connection Cafe

The grant world has changed. The new federal regulations add layers of additional accountability and complexity for grant recipients. This monumental shift of responsibility onto grant recipients could be one of the most pivotal changes in grant management in decades.

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9 Things to Look for When Evaluating a Grant Proposal

Connection Cafe

Ensuring that your foundation makes impactful grants to the right nonprofit partners starts with a thorough proposal evaluation. This timeline should serve to help you, as the grantmaker, to monitor the progress of the grant and ensure it’s on track with hitting various milestones.

Do Your Homework First, Write Second—Examples of Successfully Funded Grant Proposals

NonProfit Hub

Nonprofits are turning more and more toward grants as a source of funding for their causes, and that’s not a bad idea—if and only if you can devote the necessary time and energy into it. But I’m not going to be there pumping you up as you try to write your first grant proposal. (I

Why You Should Stop Relying on Grants to Fund Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit and the plan is to use grants alone to get it funded—think again. So many first-timers think grants are the way to go as their main funding source. But, typically, most granting organizations won’t do startup work.

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5 Ways Nonprofits Can Negotiate for More Funding

NonProfit Hub

Here are five proven ways you can get your donors to increase funding for your nonprofit. Donors and board members are your partners, and, in most cases, your organization needs long-term relationships with consistent funding over the years. Featured Fundraising Grant Writing

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Grant Writing 101: Your GPS to Success

Connection Cafe

I once ran my own grant writing business. Master this and you, too, can be a grant writing phenom. Seek support for a “fundable” project: Grants are usually awarded to projects, not to unrestricted annual support. Have other grant writing tips? Wanna know a secret?

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Establishing a Grant Office at a Healthcare Organization

Connection Cafe

The decision to establish (or restructure) a grant office is one that requires human and capital resources as well as diligence in execution. So, it’s crucial to the ongoing success of your grant office that there’s clarity within the organization around: . Why you need a grant office.

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Emergency Funding: Where to Find It and How to Get It

NonProfit Hub

It’s no secret that nonprofits struggle to find funding more than businesses and corporations do. You want to make sure you have enough emergency funding on deck to keep your organization running and your employees happy. Emergency grants. Featured Fundraising Grant Writing

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Happy Grant Professionals Week—Our Top 5 Grant Writing Articles

NonProfit Hub

Dear Grant Professionals, We salute you. While we’ve always saluted you, this is the official week we’re calling you out for being amazing (with the help of the Grant Professionals Association ). Without grants, many organizations probably wouldn’t have the funds to succeed.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have become one of the hottest tools in philanthropy over the last few years. While the funds have been around for decades, the 1990s ushered in an increasing interest in DAFs as financial planning and planned giving tools.

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5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

In the nonprofit world, the beneficiaries of nonprofit services usually provide little, if any, of the revenue to fund the services they receive. 5 Best Practices for Nonprofit Funding: 1. Your mission needs funding to be sustainable and successful.

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Why You Shouldn’t Rely on Grants to Fund Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit and the plan is to use grants alone to get it funded—think again. So many first-timers think grants are the way to go as their main funding source. But, typically, most granting organizations won’t do startup work. Sure, grants for new organizations are out there— I’ve talked before about how we got one here at Nonprofit Hub. Fund it yourself. Featured Grant Writing Starting a Nonprofit

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How to Overcome the 4 Roadblocks Facing Your Grant Strategy

Connection Cafe

For organizations that received government funds through grants or contracts, these government agencies require detailed and highly specific reporting and accountability structures to ensure the monies were used appropriately and to avoid fraud, waste and abuse.

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Unlock the Door to the Right Funders with a Powerful Grant Strategy| Part 3

Connection Cafe

This blog is the third in a three part series that will focus on the tools you need in order to build a comprehensive grants seeking program. Today’s post will focus on how to build a grant strategy and apply it to your grants calendar. Grants are hard work.

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Unlock the Door to the Right Funders with a Powerful Grant Strategy| Part 1

Connection Cafe

This blog is the first in a three part series that will focus on the tools you need in order to build a comprehensive grants seeking program. Today’s post will focus on how to create a Grant Decision Matrix. Do you begin planning before the need for funding arises?

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Online philanthropy course eases access to grant funds | The News Desk

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Online philanthropy course eases access to grant funds | The News Desk : Rozek wanted to begin the course to distribute the foundation’s funds to as many localities as possible. After learning about online courses offered by colleges such as Stanford and Harvard he wanted to include the philanthropy courses already provided at universities by the foundation in the online-learning movement.

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Top Ten Reasons to Streamline Your Grant Cycle with Automated Processes

Connection Cafe

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), also known as Community Health Clinics, are further challenged as they manage federal funding and other financial support. Top Ten Reasons to Streamline Your Grant Cycle with Automated Processes.

Unlock the Door to the Right Funders with a Powerful Grant Strategy| Part 2

Connection Cafe

This blog is the second in a three part series that will focus on the tools you need in order to build a comprehensive grants seeking program. Today’s topic will outline a 6 step process to grants research. You need to fund a project.

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Get Your Nonprofit Grant Funded By Asking These 5 Questions

John Haydon

Every nonprofit grant proposal is both a funding opportunity and a chance to share your vision and connect with a new audience. To write a great grant proposal sure to impress those all important Program Officers, ask yourself these […].

KPBJ.COM | Local nonprofits' grant applications posted online for public viewing and?funding | Business Daily | The KPBJ | KITSAP PENINSULA BUSINESS JOURNAL

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KPBJ.COM | Local nonprofits'' grant applications posted online for public viewing andfunding | Business Daily | The KPBJ | KITSAP PENINSULA BUSINESS JOURNAL : Local nonprofits'' grant applications posted online for public viewing and funding March 12, 2014 @ 12:05am Kitsap Community Foundation has posted online summaries of grant applications from 71 local nonprofit organizations and invites the public to view and possilby help fund the applications.

How Startup Nonprofits Can Get the Grant of Their Dreams

NonProfit Hub

Getting that perfect grant can be a make or break situation for a startup nonprofit. When Nonprofit Hub was at its beginning, we were lucky enough to receive a grant that helped us get our feet on solid ground. Apply for the right grants.

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Where to Find Grants for your Nonprofit Organization

NonProfit Hub

Finding grants for your nonprofit organization is a lot like shopping for a pair of jeans. Plenty of resources exist to find that perfect grant for your organization that has the style, flexibility and price tag you need – or maybe that’s the jeans. Featured Grant Writing

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The Impact Your Accounting System Has On Grant Tracking

Connection Cafe

I work with many grant funded nonprofits and often come across concerns and pitfalls in many of them that could have been avoided with the proper tools and policies in place. Effectively Track Grant Activity. Manage Budgets for the Grant.

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Empowers Grant for Community Organizing at #OWS from DemocracyInAction

Amy Sample Ward

They’ve just launched the Occupy Wall Street Empowers Grant! The first grant was awarded to Occupy Philly already! Grants will waive setup and monthly fees for one year. Groups not selected for an Empowers Grant are eligible for a $500 award towards Salsa.

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How to Prepare Your Back Office for Successful Grant Tracking

Connection Cafe

Grants are an excellent and often heavily relied upon funding source for nonprofit organizations. Awarded grants tend to fall into two unique categories: direct award grants and reimbursable grants. This is a guest post from Carey Carleson.

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The One Secret to Winning Foundation Grants

NonProfit Hub

The guy in the goofy question mark suit who regularly shows up on late night TV proclaiming that anyone can get *free* government grant money by following his program? And following these basics will guide you in establishing a foundation grants system: 1.

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Grant Writing Best Practices: 5 Tips from 5 Experts

NonProfit Hub

Grant writing is a great way to secure funding for your organization and has a multifaceted pathway to success. Finding the grants is half the battle, writing the grants is a whole other animal, and we’re not even going to start on reporting after the grant is awarded. You’ve got to know where to find grants for your nonprofit organization , but you also need to know the best tips and tricks to write a stellar grant proposal.

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Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

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But not just any money -- we talk about the most difficult money to raise: the unrestricted funding that is the lifeblood for a social entrepreneur. That way, there's more of a connection with the innovations being powered by the Fund, both the successful ones and the unsuccessful ones.

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12 Things Non-Profits Need to Know About Google Ad Grants

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Google Ad Grants is an in-kind programme that gives non-profits free access to Google business tools, and incredibly, $10,000 per month in free advertising on their Google Ads platform. 2) It’s one of the easiest grants to get. 9) Your Google Ad Grants account requires care and feeding.

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The Anatomy of a Great Grant Application

NonProfit Hub

When it comes to writing a gonna-get-the-gold grant application, it’s all about body language. No problem, see below for a closer examination of the anatomy of an amazing grant application. Check out great places to look for grants on page five of this issue.

5 Tips for Grant-Gazing|How to Determine Whether It’s a Star or a Black Hole

Connection Cafe

Maybe you’ve experienced this scenario before: A well-intentioned member of your organization hears about an ‘amazing grant’ that could fund a new project. In a torrent of excitement, the staff member charges off at the chance to enhance their grant revenue. Here are 5 questions to determine whether a grant is a star (worth pursuing) or a black hole (not worth your time): 1. Does this grant & project fit within the long term strategic plan?

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Big News in Benetech's Human Rights Program: New Funding and Enhanced Tools!

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million grant from the U.S. Here’s why this grant is so important to us: Gathering the stories of victims and witnesses puts human rights fieldworkers and their sources at grave risk. This post originally appeared on the new Benetech''s Blog.

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