Welcome to Peak Proposals, a website created to share tools and resources for finding funding opportunities, writing competitive grants, and managing the proposal process. On the website you’ll find:
- Customizable tools to organize the proposal process
- Tips for managing the full grant cycle, from identifying funders to writing donor reports
- Links to professional development opportunities including conferences, webinars, and in-person training courses
- Reviews of resources for grant writers including books, software, and professional associations
Peak Proposals is particularly interested in helping those with fewer resources, such as small nonprofits, to gain the skills they need to write competitive proposals and fund the valuable work they are doing in the world.
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.
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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.
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.
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, it may be helpful to look at common reasons why applications fail to be funded. Here are 5 common reasons why grant applications fail: