To prepare a competitive proposal, you need to look at your proposal from the perspective of the reviewers and the evaluation criteria they will be applying. What can you do to make it easier for the reviewers to give your proposal a high score? Applying the rules of good writing (writing clearly and concisely, no jargon) combined with complying with the proposal guidelines will help. Other things you can do include being realistic about what you can accomplish and giving reviewers enough detail so they can understand your proposal regardless of their level of expertise.Read More
If you’re new to grant writing or have not been consistently successful in securing grant funding, we hope this post will help you. We’re covering three essential truths about grant funding to help you prepare a strong grant strategy.Read More
We’ve added a new course to our collection! If you’ve been struggling to find funding for your organization, our new course, How to Find Funding for Your Organization, might be of interest to you. In the course, we cover where to look for funding, how to use various search tools, and methods to track research results.Read More
New year, new course! If you’re interested in starting the new year by brushing up on your grant development skills, our new course, Getting Started: The Basics of Finding & Applying for Grants may be for you!Read More
Applying to foundations for funding can take time and effort, but it’s a relatively straightforward process, with lots of existing resources to help nonprofits identify funders and prepare applications. Corporate giving programs tend to get less attention, leading to confusion about how to approach companies for support or whether to approach them at all.
In this post, we review the basics of corporate philanthropy, including the various forms it can take and how to learn about and approach potential corporate donors.Read More
Just as you “dress for success” when you go for a job interview, your grant proposal should look pulled together and professional by the time you submit it. In this post, we review six formatting tips you can apply to make your next proposal look polished.Read More
After you finish writing an important document like a grant application, it’s always a good idea to have it edited.
In this post, we'll start by looking at three options for copyediting assistance. After the overview, we’ll segue into a review of Editorr.com, an online service that connects editing jobs to real (human) editors.Read More
While all nonprofit organizations need to secure funding, there are key differences between small, struggling organizations and large, well-funded organizations other than the obvious difference in size. If your organization is struggling to find money, below are suggestions you can implement to up your grant game.Read More
If you've been searching for an easy way to develop and manage your grant proposals, you might benefit from our new Evernote-based proposal development templates.
We've created 19 templates to help you gather information, manage teams, run meetings, track tasks, and develop the proposal's content. The templates are comprehensive, scalable, and fully customizable.Read More
If you want your organization to look “legit,” then it’s necessary to have a presence online. It could be through a website, social media, or a combination of the two. If your organization struggles to maintain its presence on social media, a social media scheduling tool may be the solution to help you post more regularly and with less effort.Read More
Knowing where to look for new grant opportunities is of central importance if your organization depends on grant money to survive. Fortunately, there are many free resources you can use to find open opportunities, some of which will even send you alerts.Read More
If you’ve worked on a grant proposal, you know there are a lot of moving parts. For example, you need to collect information, manage tasks, and collaborate with others. In this post, we’ll present ideas of how to use Evernote for grant writing and proposal management. At the end of the post, you’ll find resources for learning more about Evernote's features.
How do you know which grants your organization should apply for? To use your limited resources effectively, it's important to pursue only those opportunities that fit your organizational and programmatic capabilities. Pursuing grants your organization is unlikely to win doesn't make sense. On the flip side, some grant opportunities aren't worth applying to--regardless of the odds of winning an award--because of the high cost of project implementation.Read More
Creating a grant strategy involves identifying the funders you want to pursue, and, to the degree possible, specific opportunities of interest from each funding source. Developing a grant strategy also requires insight into your organization. You need to know your organization's long- and short-term goals, its capabilities and resources, and its tolerance for risk. To create a realistic strategy, you also need to be familiar with the general funding environment.
The executive summary is a concise overview of the proposal that should touch on all of the key themes of greatest interest to the funder. In some cases, the executive summary may be the only section of the proposal some evaluators will read. Some of the choices you'll need to consider around the crafting of an executive summary include when to write it, what content to include, and how to work within page limits for maximum impact.
To assemble a grant proposal, even if your organization is small and most grant applications you submit are short, you'll still need some tools to organize the process, communicate with colleagues, and package and submit the proposal. The tools below are ones you should consider adding to your toolkit.
If you are wondering what you can do to turn things around and start winning more grants, it may be helpful to look at common reasons why applications fail to be funded. In this post, we cover five reasons why many grant applications miss the mark.Read More
Cost share requires the applicant to contribute a certain dollar amount (or dollar equivalent) to support the budget and thus "share" the costs of the proposed project. This post is going to cover some of the basics around cost share including why it is required, why it matters when evaluating opportunities, and how you can come up with cost share.
How can you be innovative enough to keep the grant money flowing without changing your tried 'n true approaches to core services?
One approach is to innovate around what's working. If your programs are effective, maybe you can bring innovation to the operations side and how you manage your programs. If your organization has strong service delivery programs and program management infrastructure, perhaps there are opportunities to be innovative in the way you approach the sustainability of your programs and services.