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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…
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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…

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…
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You're Our New Grant Writer

Someone recently asked me how long it took to get where I am today with my grant writing career. That’s a hard question to answer. The simple answer is that I’ve been writing grants for over 25 years. But, how long did it take me to…
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Everything You Need To Know About Grant Writing Is Out There (Somewhere)

Any seasoned grant writer will tell you there are a gazillion (don’t use that word in a grant proposal) places to find grant writing information. You can search for them on the Internet. But I don’t have time for that, so I look for one-stop…
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3 Myths About Grants (And the Truth You Need To Know)

You’ll be in hot water if you continue to believe these 3 myths about grants.  If you’re new to the grant-writing field, you’ll soon learn that there are plenty of myths floating around out there about grants. You need to understand…
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How to be grant ready!

3 Steps to Getting Grant Ready Think you’re ready to write a grant because you’ve found a great source and know the grant writing format? Well, wait just a minute (or a couple of days, if possible.) If you aren’t grant ready, writing…