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, gain the skills they need to write competitive proposals and fund the valuable work they are doing in the world.
Program officers at foundations can be a valuable resource for nonprofit organizations. Often a short phone conversation with a program officer can quickly resolve any questions you might have related to eligibility, project scope, funding priorities, and application guidelines.
As part of developing your funding strategy, you’re going to want to confirm that the funders you are interested in are reasonable prospects. This is where a funder landscape analysis enters the picture. A landscape analysis involves an in-depth review of a specific group or class of funders to identify funding trends and programmatic priorities. In this post, we go through the basic process of conducting a landscape analysis. We also provide a summary of what you can expect to get out of the process in terms of actionable information.
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.
If you’re new to grant writing or have not been consistently successful in securing grant funding, this post is for you. We’re covering three essential truths about grant funding to help you prepare a strong grant strategy.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.