Finding a Grant Which is a Good Fit

by Susan Snider on October 23, 2014

Finding a Grant Which is a Good FitApplying for a grant which is “almost a good fit” or trying to make your program fit the grant guidelines can be counterproductive.

One way to insure your program matches the application is to call the funder and discuss it them. They will give you honest feedback on whether or not it’s a good fit or how you could improve your project to make it more attractive. Not only does this save everyone time but it builds relationships and trust.


Grant Myth #3 – Grantmakers are shrouded in secrecy

by Susan Snider on October 21, 2014

Grant Myths #3: Grantmakers are shrouded in secrecyMany of us hesitate to build relationships with grantmakers because of the competitive nature of grants. We feel the grantmakers don’t want to share information. The exact opposite is true.

Grantmakers want to give away grants. That is their job. Call the foundation you are interested in applying to. Discuss your project with them. They will be happy to tell you if it’s a good fit or not or how you may improve your application. This builds relationships and strengthens your grant proposal.


Grant Myth #2 – If the program changes we will lose the grant award

October 16, 2014

You wrote an award winning grant proposal, congratulations! However, something happens and there is a significant change to the program as proposed. Grant Myth #2 – If the program changes you will lose the grant award. Not true. Funders have an investment in your program and want you to succeed. Call them, explain the situation […]

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Grant Myth #1 – Grant reviewers are experts in your field

October 14, 2014

Submitting grants is like launching yourself into the great unknown. Understanding the grant making process is key to honing your grant writing skills and increasing the probability of winning grant awards. Grant myth #1 – Grant reviewers are experts in your field. Not true. Grantmakers use many types of people to review grant applications. They […]

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10 Tips for writing a winning grant proposal

October 9, 2014

Do you want to increase the probability of receiving grant awards? Follow these ten steps for writing a winning grant proposal: Only apply for grants which are a perfect fit. Call funder to discuss the project. Plan for plenty of time to complete the application. Follow all the directions of the grant application. Write concisely, […]

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Grant or Donation: What’s the difference?

October 7, 2014

What is the difference between a grant and a donation? A grant is funds that are awarded, typically through a competitive application process. The key to winning grant awards is to target funding that matches the mission and purpose of your organization and submitting a compelling and attractive grant proposal. A donation usually comes from […]

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Burn Out in Volunteer Organizations

October 2, 2014

  Many volunteer organizations suffer from burn out. Volunteers with great ambitions and a desire to make a difference find they can’t manage it all. The common thread which typically runs through an all-volunteer organization is the lack of a fundraising plan. This is a plan which outlines how an organization is going to raise […]

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Top Five Mistakes in Grant Management

September 18, 2014

Grants 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: Not applying for grants which are an exact fit for your organization Not applying […]

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The Five Phases of Grants Management

September 16, 2014

Grants management can be broken down into five broad phases. Grants research Pulling together a team Collecting program and financial data Writing the grant proposal 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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Give me one reason I should donate to your organization

September 11, 2014

There are a lot of non-profits competing for grants and donations. Catching a funder’s attention quickly is crucial to increasing the probability of a grant award. The lesson here is to know your audience. This means you need to know who your donors and funders are and what motivates them to give to your organization. […]

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