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BUILD A BETTER BUDGET

Of course, you will need to include a budget in your grant proposal. After all, you are asking for money, so naturally, your potential funders will want to know how you plan to spend their money. And, they will want to know about all your expenses…
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Your Proposal Narrative

Let’s continue to discuss the basic components of a grant proposal. Today let’s consider the narrative. Some funders call this the methods, some the activities, or the project description. Whatever they call it, this component of the proposal…
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Clear Statement of Need

Every grant proposal needs a clear statement of need or a problem statement. If there is no need to address or no problem to solve, there is really no need to set up a program or project. And, therefore, no need for funding. Identifying the…

Objectives and Evaluations

Today begins a new series of microblogs about the components every grant needs. Let’s discuss two that are inter-related. These are measurable objectives and evaluation methods. These two are connected because the evaluation methods are set…

Confused About the IRS Nonprofit Designations?

What kind of nonprofit are you working with? Over in my Facebook group, The Nonprofit Grant Writers Mastermind, we've been having a discussion about whether a church is a nonprofit, with or without a 501 c 3, along with other matters associated…
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Using a Grant Calendar to Keep from Going Crazy

I’ve been a freelance grant writer for a long time. One common trait among the organizations I've worked for is their need for a grant calendar. They seem to react in a panic when a grant opportunity arises. It usually happens when they…
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How To Get Your Foot In The Door Of Family Foundations

If you have family foundations in your area you may be in luck. That is, if you can get your foot in the door. In my geographic area, the secret to getting a grant from a family foundation is in building a relationship with a contact at…
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Say Thank You!

Your mother taught you to say Please and Thank You when you were young, right? What about now that you are a grown-up grant writer? Thanking your funder should be high on the list of to-do’s after you get your grant. During a recent…
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How Much is Too Much Jargon in Your Grant Application?

We all do it – use jargon in our grant proposals. It makes perfect sense to me, and it’s the easiest way for me to say it, right? The fact is that while you may understand the terms specific to your nonprofit, the board members of…

5 Reasons You Should Never Hire a Grant Writer on a Contingency Basis

When a nonprofit leader asks me about writing grants for their organization, this is how the conversation ends: “Can you work on a contingency basis?” We can pay you when we get the grant.” “Can we pay you out of the grant funds? We…