How do you start work on a proposal opportunity that hasn't been announced yet? There is a two-part answer. Your approach will depend on whether you are interested in foundation funding or government grants. This post will focus on preparing for foundation grants. A follow-up post will discuss preparing for government grants.
When it works out, having a grant from a large donor can be a great boon for the organization. Having a single grant of $100K can be easier to manage than four $25K grants. That said, the large-donor strategy has some pitfalls and is not always the best route.
Researchers depend on grants to fund their work. The largest funders of research are government agencies. Private and corporate foundations also fund research. Although grants awarded by foundations are usually smaller than those awarded by government agencies, foundation grants are almost always easier to apply to, leading to lower opportunity costs.Read More
If your organization is based in a developing country, you may not be able to secure funding directly from some foreign donors. While providing funding for projects in developing countries, many donors will only fund projects led by nonprofits headquartered in the same country where the donor itself is located. Instead of receiving funds directly from the donor, local partners--the organizations located in the country where the project will take place--join the project as subcontractors (or "subs") to a lead organization based in the donor's country.
If you're serious about finding grant funding, you'll need a system to track which funders you've researched. Without a method to track the funding resources you've evaluated, you may miss out on funding opportunities. You may also find yourself researching the same funder multiple times because you've forgotten the details of your initial review. One tool that offers the flexibility to manage all parts of the funding process is Trello.
If you are trying to secure grant funding to help launch or sustain an organization or project, you may need bridge funding to cover your expenses while you search for grant opportunities. If you are in this situation, a crowdfunding campaign may be worth exploring
There is abundant information online about every conceivable topic, grant writing and philanthropy included. One way to stay abreast of nonprofit-related news without overwhelming your inbox is to use a content aggregator that collects relevant articles and blog posts from around the Web. Some of the services will email you a consolidated list of relevant articles weekly, or sometimes daily, while others provide tailored content through an account you setup on their website.
Many bloggers write about how to connect with online readers. It turns out that many of the bloggers' views on what it takes to be a successful blogger apply equally well to grant writing.Below are four common messages from the blogging world about how to find success and build an audience. Included in the list are suggestions of how each approach can be applied to grant writing.
If your organization doesn't have an online presence, you may be hurting your ability to secure grant funding. Below are six free and low-cost suggestions of how you can start to build an online presence.
Today's post is a review of the Udemy course Grant Writing: Keys to a Successful Proposal by Dr. Richard Feenstra. The course provides an excellent balance of content. Dr. Feenstra covers how to search for both government and foundation funding, he walks through the common elements of a grant proposal, and he offers suggestions on how to approach the writing process. Dr. Feenstra also provides an introduction to proposal budgets.
If you don't have the time or money to travel to a grant writing workshop, an online course can be a great option. There are many reasonably priced courses to choose from and several offer lifetime access to the content.This post is a review of Federal Grant Writing 101, a course offered through Udemy. Udemy offers 35,000+ courses on a variety of topics. Course prices range from free up to $300. Federal Grant Writing 101 is one of several grant writing courses listed on Udemy. At the time of this writing the other courses include:
This post will take a closer look at the application process and the standard sections you are likely to encounter so you'll know what to expect. As you review these standard pieces, you may find you have some of the information and text already on hand or that it will be relatively easy to pull it together.
If you are new to grant writing, your first question is likely to be: How Do I Write a Grant Proposal?At its core, writing a grant proposal comes down to five steps. Each of the five steps is described briefly below. If you are interested in reading more, you'll find links to earlier posts that describe the steps in detail.
Grant funding is part of the funding mix for most nonprofits. For some organizations, grants make up the bulk of their funding. However, few organizations can rely solely on grant funding. In part this is because grant funding is unpredictable. Both the number of grants received, and the awarded amounts, can vary considerably from year to year. In addition to the unpredictability of grants, there are other drawbacks. Five are outlined below. Before you embark on the pursuit of grant funding, you'll want to prepare for each of these challenges.
If you've never written a proposal before or even if you have, it can be valuable to look at sample proposals, particularly examples of funded proposals. The resource list below consists primarily of links to proposals funded by U.S. government agencies. There are a few foundation sources, including a book released by the Foundation Center that includes more than 30 sample proposals (all successfully funded). Listed below you'll also find links to proposal outlines and grant writing guidance.
When it comes to grant funding, regardless of whether you are just starting out or have been in operation for years, it's not safe to assume that you'll be able to maintain your organization's operations on grant funding alone. Grants should be part of your business plan, but relying on a steady flow of grant funding as the cornerstone of your funding plan could put you at risk.
If you work in the nonprofit sector, when you hear "business plan" you may think it doesn't apply to your work setting. But nonprofits, just like for-profits, need to use their resources wisely and plan for the future.Read More
In earlier posts, we reviewed creating a proposal calendar, organizing the drafts, and managing the proposal development process. Now it's time to submit the proposal. The last week of the proposal process can be hectic. Below are six tips to make the final days of the proposal process less stressful and set yourself up for even greater success (and less stress) for the next proposal.Read More