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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3 Steps to Get More Grants

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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”. This is the be-all and end-all of raising more money.

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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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6 Tips for Better Grant Management

Connection Cafe

When it comes to getting—and managing—grants, common pitfalls can be avoided with the proper tools and policies in place. With all the budgeting, tracking, and reporting that can go into the process, managing grants can seem like a full-time job. Most grant proposals require a budget.

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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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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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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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Is There Any Grant Money?

Tech Soup Blog

Talk to anyone associated with a nonprofit organization, and they will tell you that there isn't enough grant money. And this increase is of vital importance given the uncertain future of government funding levels. Be aware that grant funding is available.

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5 Ways Nonprofits Can Negotiate for More Funding

NonProfit Hub

First, nonprofits have to ask for money from people who don’t directly use their services. Here are five proven ways you can get your donors to increase funding for your nonprofit. Grants normally spell out terms and requirements for when invoices should be submitted.

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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.

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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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. Any money leftover after operating costs is usually put toward helping those in need, and that’s something to be proud of. Emergency grants. Featured Fundraising Grant Writing

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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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The Ultimate Guide to the Google Ad Grant: 2020 Edition

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Grant Hensel , CEO of Nonprofit Megaphone – an agency that specializes in Google Grant management for nonprofits. What is the Google Grant? The Google Ad Grant is one of the most powerful, yet under-appreciated tools in nearly every nonprofit’s marketing toolbox.

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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. They want to know that you have longevity so their money won’t be wasted.

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5 Tips to Increase Donations with the Google Ad Grant

Twenti - Digital Marketing For Nonprofits

5 Tips to Increase Donations with the Google Ad Grant. Getting the Google Ad Grant is step one, now you need to make sure your using it wisely to increase your donations. Make the Most of Your Ad Grants. The Google Ad Grant has lots of success stories! Ad Grant Management.

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The One Secret to Winning Foundation Grants

NonProfit Hub

Yet another Internet site with shades of Matthew Lesko’s *free money* scam. 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? Featured Fundraising Grant Writing

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Money for your nonprofit: Writing a grant proposal

ASU Lodestar Center

It doesn’t matter if you’re a teenager, a parent, a business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, or a nonprofit organization: money can be difficult to come by these days. Even in times of economic prosperity, many nonprofit organizations have to fight in order to maintain a steady flow of funding.

Kicking off SOCAP16 at the Intersection of Money and Meaning

Connection Cafe

For those of you unfamiliar with SOCAP16, here is a brief overview: SOCAP16 is “a conference at the intersection of money + meaning.” Impact investors fund organizations that sell products that lead to positive social outcomes. Greetings from San Francisco!

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Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The constant theme is raising money for our social enterprises. 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.

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Funding your nonprofit: Money’s out there if you know where to look

ASU Lodestar Center

Essentially, it’s a grant-seeking tool for Arizona nonprofits both big and small. If you work for a nonprofit but your position isn’t to seek grants, or if you simply help out your community in other ways, you may think it’s easy to find grants. Sarah Ashlock grants funding

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Starting Your Nonprofit Grant Application Story the Right Way

NonProfit Hub

The start of the grant process is similar to writing this article. Tina, the development director, found the perfect grant in the most unlikely of places…) A bold proclamation? Grants are out there just waiting for you.) Featured Grant Writing

How to Take the Blind Date Out of Grant Writing

NonProfit Hub

We are, of course, talking about grant writing. Grant writing is not an easy venture. If you can work to make sure your first contact with the grantor does not happen when they are reading your grant application, your chances improve. Featured Grant Writing

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Nonprofit Budgeting: Making Money Go Further

NonProfit Hub

We’re talking top donors, biggest grants, etc. You have to spend money to make money, as they say. Multi-channel marketing is important, but it’s also important not to waste money in places where your audience isn’t responding or simply isn’t there.

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Fund-Raising Challenge Raises Money for Arts Groups -- and Ire -

AFP Blog

Fund-Raising Challenge Raises Money for Arts Groups -- and Ire - "Fund-Raising Challenge Raises Money for Arts Groups -- and IreAn online matching-grant challenge brought in $3.75-million for Detroit-area cultural groups — but not without technical difficulties and some angry donors, reports the Detroit Free Press.The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan put up $1-million

3 Key Changes in Single Audit for Grant Managers

Connection Cafe

The bar has been raised for grant recipients receiving federal awards. With the advent of the new Uniform Guidance, non-federal entities are expected to meet performance measurements, assess risk, and effectively manage their grants to a whole new set of regulations.

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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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Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grant | The SocialPath

Vertex Systems

Projects must be collaborative, serve a large geographic area and include multiple funding partners and stakeholders. Applicants may seek funding for $100,000 – $250,000 per year, for maximum project funding of $500,000 over two years.

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The Balancing Act of Governmental Funding

ASU Lodestar Center

The reality of the nonprofit sector is that many organizations must rely on state and federal funding to advance their missions. Without this funding, many organizations would not be able to provide services to the population they seek to serve. What could be bad about more money?

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Grant writer as chief collaborative officer

ASU Lodestar Center

Andrew Schwartzberg , Director of Grants. Your grant proposal is due in a mere six hours and you are very confident that you have all your ducks in a row. And all too often the staff grant writer will take this on because that was the initial expectation. posted by.

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Need a Killer Grant Strategy? Maybe it’s Time to Partner With these Two Groups.

Connection Cafe

In the past, Finance personnel could make the case that “raising money is Development’s job; I’m here to record the debits and credits”. In a previous post , we talked about the importance of reporting on multiple funding sources that support the same program.

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3 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Tech Grant Proposal


Want to write better grants? This spring, I had the privilege of helping a small, tech-savvy family foundation in Minnesota review technology grants. These details were crucial in winning my trust (and the grant). Looking for more tips on how to gain funding for technology?

New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

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Grantseeking Basics: Developing a Grant Project

Tech Soup Blog

Like it or not, grants are a necessity for nearly all nonprofits to stay alive and do good work. One tip I could have used early on was to plan and design the grant project before writing up a query letter or proposal. based on the types of projects they fund.

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Entrepreneur's Corner: Long Tail Grants - The Wharton Journal

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Entrepreneur's Corner: Long Tail Grants - The Wharton Journal : "Please describe Long Tail Grants and the experiences that led you to start the company. LongTail Grants is an online platform that enables individuals to raise money for themselves, so they can start their own socially beneficial projects. As a crowdfunding model that focuses on students, LongTail can be thought of as a '' for Youth Community Engagement.

Foundation Funding Is Imperfect, Now Shut Up About It


Some don’t believe the grant proposal and report system is dysfunctional, and they aren’t likely to believe you. Figure out how to write grant proposals and grant reports that meet the needs of the foundations you are pitching, and get on with your work.

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Attract Funding in 2014 with ClickTime's Web Timesheet Solution

Tech Soup Blog

With that growth comes competition for funds and projects: as a public benefit corporation in the current economy, proving your impact is crucial for survival. ClickTime’s timesheet software allows employees to track the amount of time they spend on projects, grants, or tasks.

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Twitter Helps Intel Foundation Plan Grants - Technology - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Twitter Helps Intel Foundation Plan Grants - Technology - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : The Intel Foundation plans to award $100,000 in education grants to celebrate its 25th anniversary, and it turned to Twitter for advice on what programs and organizations to support. “We

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How to Generate Association Revenue Through Grants – It’s Easier Than You Think


A commonly overlooked solution to the challenge is to seek funds for specific programs and projects by applying for grants. Applying for grants can certainly sound like an overwhelming task, but it really doesn’t have to be. Can we approach any of them to fund a project?

Pollination Project: $1,000 seed grants to individual change makers

Have Fun - Do Good

Do you have an idea for a world-changing project that could bloom with some seed money? The new Pollination Project is giving $1,000 seed grants to individual changemakers, every day, 365 days a year.

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How Much Is That Grant Really Worth?

Tech Soup Blog

Not all grants are created equal, and some aren't even worth pursuing. One way to decide which grants to pursue is with a net grant calculation. You can then make the case to your executive director for why a particular grant is not worth chasing.

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Grantseeking Basics: Researching Suitable Funders Part Three – Corporate Funding

Tech Soup Blog

Find the first installment of this series, Developing a Grant Project here , the second installment, Researching government funders here , and the third installment on researching foundations here. Finding corporate funding may be the trickiest of all funders to engage.

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