Grant Seeking 101: Managing the Grant

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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. In this post, we’ll cover what you need to do after you’ve gotten the grant, from thanking the right people to building a long-lasting relationship with grantors. Tell your board members, staff, and supporters about the grant. Congratulations!

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

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That means there are a lot of grants out there, if you know where to look. And not as many organizations are applying for grants as you might think, which means if you’ve found a grant for which you are a good fit, and you can convincingly show that you’ll steward the funds effectively, and you take the time to apply and write a strong application, you have a pretty good shot of getting the grant. Do you have adequate staff and time to devote to grant applications?

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Grant Seeking 101: Thinking Like a Reviewer

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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. You’ve worked hard.

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Grant Seeking 101: Writing Your Application

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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.

Grant Seeking 101: Finding the Right Fit

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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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How to Future-Proof Your Foundation’s Grants Management System – Part 2

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They often contact me after beginning their own market research and discovering that choosing a Grants Management System (GMS) is a highly complex affair, fraught with risk and uncertainty. Does your organization support multiple entities, programs, and grant types?

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Why (Almost) Every Nonprofit Should Be Using Google Ad Grants

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If you’re a nonprofit, chances are you’re eligible to find out through Google Ad Grants. . . What are Google Ad Grants? . The Google Ad Grants program is like Google AdWords, but for nonprofits. More than that, it’s a grant from Google to your nonprofit designed to bolster your online presence—driving engagement, donations, and awareness of your mission. Google Ad Grants for nonprofits is part of the Google for Nonprofits program.

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How To Future Proof Your Foundation’s Grants Management System – Part 1

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2020 has challenged grants managers at foundations in ways that no one could have anticipated. By May, many foundations altered their grants management processes to address COVID-19 related challenges in their communities. Choose the right grants management system.

6 Tips for Better Grant Management

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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. Use these 6 time saving tips to help you manage your grants and avoid common pitfalls: 1. Grant management should begin long before the writing begins. Connect the grant writer with the finance pro.

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The Pros and Cons of Nonprofit Grants

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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. Grants can be good , they can be bad and they can be everything in-between. Granting organizations are plentiful, and many of them distribute generous amounts of money year-round.

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9 Things to Look for When Evaluating a Grant Proposal

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Ensuring that your foundation makes impactful grants to the right nonprofit partners starts with a thorough proposal evaluation. To help you better evaluate submissions so that you are set up for success, here are nine items you should look for in any grant proposal: Organization Background & Experience: Has this organization run similar programs in the past—similar budgets, focus area, geography?

Welcome to the New Age of Accountability in Grant Management

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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. Let’s take a look at what is arguably one of the most pivotal shifts in grant management in decades. This change in focus is not limited to the world of federal grants.

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Survival in the New Age of Grant Management

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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. Whether you are starting a nonprofit organization or expanding your mission, grant funding can make a huge difference in the number of people you are able to serve and the depth of the challenges you can tackle for your cause. Three Key Changes in Grant Administration.

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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”. Nonprofits that lose funding do so because the accounting department spends too much time trying to manage the grant restrictions and reporting requirements. So they don’t always understand how their actions affect the organization’s ability to adhere to the grant contract.

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Establishing a Grant Office at a Healthcare Organization

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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. What responsibilities your grant office should have. How your grant office should be structured. Where the grant office should live within your organization.

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Happy Grant Professionals Week—Our Top 5 Grant Writing Articles

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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 ). Grant professionals come in all shapes and sizes—administrators, consultants, managers, grant-makers and writers. Without grants, many organizations probably wouldn’t have the funds to succeed. Grants can be a huge sense of relief for many organizations.

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Top Ten Reasons to Streamline Your Grant Cycle with Automated Processes

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Anyone responsible for grant management will agree that it can be exhausting to maintain, and takes much-needed time away from other obligations. Top Ten Reasons to Streamline Your Grant Cycle with Automated Processes. What does this mean when applied to the grant cycle? In the world of grants, business process automation increases productivity by reducing the time required to perform repetitive tasks.

How Nonprofits Can Track Google Grant Conversions in Google Analytics

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By Grant Hensel , CEO of Nonprofit Megaphone – an agency that specializes in Google Grant management for nonprofits. The Google Grant gives nonprofits $10,000/month to spend on ads in Google Search. This is one of the Google Grant compliance rules. .

Grant Writing 101: Your GPS to Success

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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. While individual donors will always be your organization’s funding bread and butter, with the right projects, grant support can be a viable adjunct. I keep my grant writing skills under wraps because it’s such a treasured commodity.

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How Fundraisers & Grant Managers Can Collaborate to Achieve Stronger Results

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As a former grant manager who works on a daily basis with grant-makers, the complex, creative, diverse world of fundraising has been incredible to me. Throughout the foundation industry, grants managers are being inspired to dive deeper on topics of strategy, outcomes , data, investments, and partnerships. Both fundraisers and grants managers are at the center of it all, often managing many different stakeholders throughout the grantmaking cycle.

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

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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. When your organization needs funding for a project, how do you approach the grants seeking process ? If you answered no to either of these questions, then you might need to rethink your grant seeking program. How to Build a Grant Decision Matrix.

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How Startup Nonprofits Can Get the Grant of Their Dreams

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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. There are several ways to achieve the same sort of deal and it all stems from creating a relationship with the granting organization you’re working with, once you find the grant you want to apply for. . Apply for the right grants.

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

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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. Before you can even start applying for or receiving funds, however, you must first build a solid grant strategy. Summary of a Grant Strategy. Apply Your Grant Strategy to Your Grant Calendar.

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How to Overcome the 4 Roadblocks Facing Your Grant Strategy

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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. Meeting the requirements can generate significant challenges and increased administrative burdens , but is essential for future grant consideration. Download our new FREE eBook on Grant Management!

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4 Grant Writing Tips to Bolster Relationships with Foundations

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Grant writing is a time-consuming process. It can also be nerve-wracking if you’re inexperienced or working on a particularly important grant. Jeff Kutash, the executive director of the Peter Kiewit Foundation in Omaha, Neb, deals with grants on a daily basis. What does the head of a foundation that gave $18 million in grant money last year have to say about grant writing and the relationship between foundations and nonprofit professionals?

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The One Secret to Winning Foundation Grants

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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 yet, when it comes to winning foundation grants, many otherwise intelligent people believe that there are *secret* writing tactics to writing funded grant proposals, when, in reality, the truth about winning foundation support for your mission is simple. Featured Fundraising Grant Writing

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Where to Find Grants for your Nonprofit Organization

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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. It may require some sifting and searching on your part, but this will surely save you from those pesky grant-writing blues. Square one on your mission to finding grants for your nonprofit starts here.

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Celebrate International Grant Professionals Day

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They’re grant professionals, and today it’s all about showing them appreciation! March 14-18 is International Grant Professionals Week and today it culminates to International Grant Professionals Day (IGPD), a day dedicated to honoring the many hours that go into writing, making and seeking grant projects and proposals—a task that’s often done behind the scenes and not highlighted enough in the nonprofit sector. Happy International Grant Professionals Day.

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Grant Writing Best Practices: 5 Tips from 5 Experts

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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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The Ultimate Guide to the Google Ad Grant: 2020 Edition

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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. In short, the Google Grant provides nonprofits with $10,000 each and every month to spend on ads in Google Search. Example Use Cases: Google Grant Case Studies. Google Grant Eligibility.

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Tech Impact Receives $200,000 Grant

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Because of the $200,000 unrestricted grant received from the Community Builders Award, ITWorks is empowered to continue brightening the future of at risk youth in the Delaware Valley. The post Tech Impact Receives $200,000 Grant appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. Fundraising Leadership Social awards community grant ITWorks npTech Tech Impact’s Anthony Pisapia on left, and Patrick Calihan on right.

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The Impact Your Accounting System Has On Grant Tracking

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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. I typically find that these organizations have to prepare different reports for each grant-giving body, and for those receiving funding from multiple entities, tracking and reporting on grants becomes a full-time job. Effectively Track Grant Activity. Manage Budgets for the Grant.

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

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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. With this information, you can also establish an overall grant strategy which will, in turn, guide you in setting up your grants calendar for the next 18 months. Make sure to read the last installment of this series to learn how to build a powerful grant strategy.

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How to Prepare Your Back Office for Successful Grant Tracking

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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. Direct award grants are often an organization’s preference and once awarded provide an organization with either the full grant amount up front, over a defined schedule, or based upon defined milestones. This is a guest post from Carey Carleson.

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The Top 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Google Ad Grants

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The Google Ad Grants program is an amazing resource for nonprofits, but there are a lot of misconceptions about how it works. This post will clear up any questions you might have and help you make the most of the program

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Finding Your Perfect Love: Grant Writing Tips for Nonprofit Organizations

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Grant writing is a lot like dating in college (I’m speaking from experience here). You don’t write one grant and expect it to end like a fairytale. It applies here too—there’s a lot of grant money to be had if you’re willing to go after it. If you’re ready to start the courtship, here are my dating tips for finding the perfect grant: Do Your Research. Don’t waste your time applying for grants that don’t perfectly fit your nonprofit organization.

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4 Grant Writing Tips to Bolster Relationships with Foundations

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Grant writing is a time-consuming process. It can also be nerve-wracking if you’re inexperienced or working on a particularly important grant. Jeff Kutash, the executive director of the Peter Kiewit Foundation in Omaha, Neb, deals with grants on a daily basis. What does the head of a foundation that gave $18 million in grant money last year have to say about grant writing and the relationship between foundations and nonprofit professionals?

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5 Tips to Increase Donations with the Google Ad Grant

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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 Grants provide up to $10,000 worth of Google search advertising every month to nonprofits across the world! If your first question is whether the google ad grant scheme actually increases donations, the answers simple, yes. Ad Grant Management.

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The Anatomy of a Great Grant Application

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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. Now open your eyes and take it all in – their mission, program priorities, grant guidelines and decision criteria – all required reading. Featured Grant Writing

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

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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—and the associated program—fit within the clearly defined bounds of your mission?

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

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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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Report: Rural-Based Organizations Receive Fewer Grants than Urban NPOs

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What the city slickers do get is grants—and they get them at a much higher rate than rural folks. percent of the real value of domestic grants from 2005 to 2010. Considering that 19 percent of the population live in rural areas, the conclusion is that most grants go to urban areas. percent) when grants that benefit rural purposes, including rural development, rural health and agriculture, are included. Understanding where grants go can help a nonprofit operate better.

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Google Grants

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We've been a Google Grant partner for years. The deal behind the Google Grant program is that Google absorbs the advertising costs. So, we turned to the Google Grants team and in less than a week they had redone our ads in terms of organization and text, in such a way that they all pass muster. This is a program that I think many more nonprofits need to take advantage of. The problem of many (most) social sector organizations is outreach (marketing, in business-speak).

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