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. A proposal should include more than just the organization’s mission statement and program description.

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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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

The HEROES Act – How This Proposed Legislation Could Provide Relief to Social Good Organizations

Connection Cafe

The HEROES Act , crafted by Democratic members of the House, is a $3 trillion package that includes additional funding for government programs, relief funding for state and local governments, and changes to CARES Act loan programs. On May 15, the U.S.

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: 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.

3 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Tech Grant Proposal

Idealware

Want to write better grants? This spring, I had the privilege of helping a small, tech-savvy family foundation in Minnesota review technology grants. Proposals stood out when they stated the problem and solution clearly using economical language and bullets.

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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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 […].

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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Money for your nonprofit: Writing a grant proposal

ASU Lodestar Center

Even in times of economic prosperity, many nonprofit organizations have to fight in order to maintain a steady flow of funding. While most nonprofits find funding from a variety of sources, one of the staples of charitable support comes in the form of grants.

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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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. Proposals have to be well written.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Identify, Track, and Analyze Gifts with New Grants Management on EveryAction

EveryAction

Many nonprofits receive anywhere from 10-90% of their revenue from foundation grants. These contributions are typically high dollar grant awards that come from foundations, corporations, or the government. Organizations need a structured and effective way of following their grants throughout the grant's lifecycle so they can easily manage this very important revenue stream and track these funds in the same place as major gifts and other sources of revenue.

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Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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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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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Global s Seeks Micro Grant Proposals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I ran into him again at the NetSquared Conference this week and learned about Rising s: Rising s, the outreach arm of Global s , is now accepting project proposals for the first round of microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for new media outreach projects. Grant deadline is June 15th

Friends Don't Let Friends Use Excel to Manage Grants

Tech Soup Blog

Most nonprofits rely on grant funding to support their programs and services. In fact, 46 percent report that grants make up more than a quarter of their funding. Here are five reasons that friends should not let friends use spreadsheets to manage grants: 1.

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Rising Voices Seeks Micro-Grant Proposals for Blog Outreach

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Rising Voices , the outreach arm of Global Voices , is now accepting project proposals for the second round of micro-grant funding of up to $5,000 for citizen media outreach projects.

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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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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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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Change Climate Change: A New Approach to Grant Applications?

Amy Sample Ward

It’s an interesting combination of social media-based contest, submissions of ideas comments and voted on by readers, and traditional grantmaking, requiring all submission to also fill out a grant proposal for their requested funding. Change Climage Change: Grant Proposals Open. Green Mountain Coffee will provide four grants for $200,000 each (payable over 5 years) to support the work of reducing climate change.

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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Funding Rural America: Bridging the Resource Gap

Tech Soup Blog

Cynthia Adams, CEO of TechSoup donor partner GrantStation , recently did an important online training webinar on how rural charities and libraries can get grants. The Resource Gap in Rural Funding. Also, federal grants are allocated nearly evenly for urban and rural areas.

Foundation Funding Is Imperfect, Now Shut Up About It

SocialFish

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

SocialFish

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?

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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Tips to Prepare for Effective Grant Seeking

ASU Lodestar Center

There is a saying among fundraising professionals that proposal writing is both an art and a science. The art aspect refers to how well an inspired writer describes a project and the grant-seeking organization. Grant funding can be a great way for a nonprofit to boost its revenue, with giving by corporations and foundations in the United States in 2013 amounting to $67 billion. Grant seekers must find ways for their proposals to stand out among the rest.

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How Does a Nonprofit Find Funding to Keep the Lights On?

Tech Soup Blog

And it is important to clarify your thinking as you consider establishing a solid grants program for 2017 and into 2018, especially in this time of uncertainty around government funding. Capacity-building grants are limited and very difficult to get.

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2020: The Year that Changed Grantmaking

Connection Cafe

If ever there was a mandate to reexamine the role and process of funding, now is that time. The practice of funding has traditionally been lopsided in favor of those doing the granting. Other funders are exploring the idea of standardized grant applications.

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TechSoup Grant Series: One Hour a Week to Success!

Tech Soup Blog

Wish you knew more about applying for grant funding? Our new grant series, Successful Grants in One Hour a Week , will provide you with small steps that cover the entire grant process. Weekly blog posts will outline your steps for the week so you'll be prepared to apply for a basic grant before the end of the year. We will cover each phase in the grant writing and submission process: 1. Develop the Grant Project 4.

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Find More Grants! GrantStation Discount Happening Now

Tech Soup Blog

For $99 , you can access a one-year subscription of a web-based grant-finding tool to help you seek out and secure greater funding support for your work. For more on writing successful grant proposals, check out the following resources. An Introduction to Grant Reports (Learning Center). Writing a Winning Grant Proposal (Learning Center). Grant-Writing and Evaluation Resources (TechSoup Blog).

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