Category Archives: Grant Writing

Grant Writing: The Most Commonly Requested Attachments

  When applying for a grant, funders will often ask for specific attachments. Read the guidelines carefully and only send what has been requested. Funders may ask for the following to help shed more light on your organization.  Audited financial statement R.S. Determination Letter Board roster Project budget Organizational budget Letters of support or endorsement Resumes …

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Applying for a Grant (Part III)? Important Steps to Follow

  These are the final yet all-important components of creating a grant-writing proposal. This is part of an ongoing blog series; read part II here.   STEP: Establish a Plan for Long-Term Funding ►Show the funder that your organization is working toward sustainability and self-sufficiency ►Determine how ongoing programs/services will be funded ►Develop a strategic …

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Applying for a Grant (Part II)? Don’t Overlook These Essential Steps

  It’s important that nonprofits dedicate ample time and resources to create the essential components of a grant proposal package. Here are a few steps in our ongoing grant-writing series. Read part I here.   STEP: Follow Directions ►Don’t lose out because you did not follow directions ►Read the application guidelines thoroughly ►If you don’t …

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The Value of Fundraising Staff: Priceless

  Your nonprofit’s relationships with donors are integral to their giving, and the skills and experience of your fundraising staff are integral to building and sustaining those relationships. Be willing to invest what is needed to build the capacity of your fund­raising staff and equip it with the best tools, strategies, and practices available. To …

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Applying for a Grant? Follow These 4 Steps (Part I)

            Step 1:  Have a Plan ►Develop a written short-term and long-term strategic plan ►Determine the funds needed annually ►Create a line-item budget ►Identify specific funding needs ►Know for what you are asking the funder ►Establish a grant-writing team   Step 2:  Do Your Homework ►Research grant opportunities ►Review the …

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The Dos & Don’ts of Writing a Federal Grant

  DO be sure to have the financial systems in place to properly monitor the use of grant funds DON’T assume that the government knows your organization’s capabilities. Be descriptive about your programs and services and capacity to implement projects. DO know what kind of reporting procedures are needed DON’T fail to identify an outside …

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Applying for a Federal Grant? The Key Is Collaboration!

  What are the biggest benefits of collaborating with organizations when applying for a federal grant? It can help an organization that does not have visibility and an extensive track record in the community. In addition, it shows the funder that the organization is leveraging resources and a better investment. Organizations should: Identify collaborating partners …

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Capacity Building Grants for Nonprofits: Trend and Resources

This article was written by Ruth Peebles, MPA, President of The INS Group for eCivis, Inc, the nation’s leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments’ and community-based organizations’ grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com. To read the full article, click here.

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Optimizing a Grant Writer’s Success – Your Role

You’ve undoubtedly seen countless advertisements for grant writers, but just writing that check to them does not automatically guarantee your success! Before you look to secure the services of a grant writer, you should do some homework yourself. A little leg work on your part in the beginning can have a big impact on the …

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