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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…
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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…

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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3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make 2017 Your Best Grant Year EVER

I’ve got my nice new planner, all clean with no appointments in it yet. (There are appointments on sticky notes but nothing is written on those beautiful, clean pages yet.) I prefer a paper planner that I can doodle in, take notes in, and…
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3 Lessons Learned the Hard Way and How to Do Better Next Time

If you’re Facebook friends with me, you know I love animals and volunteer for a local animal rescue organization. I write several grant proposals for them every year. Here’s where the lessons start, folks: A good grant opportunity came…
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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…