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
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
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
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'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.
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.
Even for a relatively simple proposal, proposal work requires the work of many hands. This means that before you start working on a proposal you'll want to have systems in place to track the status of tasks, delegate work assignments, and communicate with team members. The list below is a collection of tools to manage tasks, email, notes, and workflow. All of the products on the list offer a free trial period so you can test them out to see if they work for you. Several also offer free versions.
When you start to research funding opportunities, ideally you'll have a budget to pay for a subscription to a foundation database to help you with your search. There are free options, however, paid tools are the way to go if you want to have access to the most comprehensive listings.Below are profiles of six databases for foundation research and one government-sponsored database for U.S. government grants.
A style sheet is a useful tool to capture your (or your organization’s) preferences for how to handle basic style questions. The style sheet is not exhaustive—it won’t replace a style guide such as The Chicago Manual of Style—but it should cover many of the common style questions that affect how a document looks. Your employer may already have developed a style sheet to ensure uniformity across the various types of publications it produces. If your employer does not have a style sheet, it is worth taking time early in the proposal process to create one that incorporates not only basic style elements but also the specific requirements for the grant application you're working on.Read More
Over the last few years, it has become commonplace to see people attending meetings without paper notebooks in hand, relying instead on their iPads and smartphones to take notes and read documents. In an increasingly digital world, keeping paper copies of documents no longer feels necessary, and while it may not be possible to become completely paperless, it is possible to get very close with the right tools.The benefits of going paperless include the ability to:
Below are five websites that frequently post job announcements for grant writers, proposal managers, and resource development staff. These job boards specialize in listing positions at nonprofit organizations and academic institutions: