Top Five Mistakes in Grant Management

by Susan Snider on September 18, 2014

Applications and Grants FoldersGrants management encompasses five broad phases. Trying to avoid the five most common mistakes people make in grant management is important to building a sustainable grant seeking program with grant funding being awarded on a consistent basis.

Consider these common mistakes:

  1. Not applying for grants which are an exact fit for your organization
  2. Not applying project management skills to pulling together a team and getting the information together in a timely manner.
  3. Not answering the questions on the grant application.
  4. Not submitting the required information within required parameters.
  5. Not sending a thank you and completing final reports when awarded a grant.


The Five Phases of Grants Management

by Susan Snider on September 16, 2014

Grants ManagementGrants management can be broken down into five broad phases.

  1. Grants research
  2. Pulling together a team
  3. Collecting program and financial data
  4. Writing the grant proposal
  5. Grant stewardship

In order to build a successful grant seeking program all of these phases need to be managed expertly and continually.


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Grant Proposal Templates

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Does the grants management process seem overwhelming to you? Here is one tip to help streamline the process. Take the time to write a proforma grant proposal. Include all the components: Executive Summary, Statement of Need, Projects/Program Description, Budget, Organization Information and Conclusion. Now you’ll have a template from which to work when applying for […]

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The Grant Writer as a Grants Manager

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We often hear the term grant writer when referring to someone who researches, writes and manages grants. People easily identify with this term and believe they understand the scope of a “grant writers” work. In fact, the work of a grant writer is more accurately described as a grants manager. There are a variety of […]

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Grants Managers as Strategic Development officers in your organization

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Think about a grants manager as the Strategic Development officer in your company. Whose job is to identify investors and present an attractive ROI with the goal that they will invest in your organization. The Strategic Development officer is also a project manager because in order to put together a compelling investor presentation there needs […]

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