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.Read More
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.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
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.
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
Foundation grants often have known release dates and established program areas, which mean there are few surprises: You can find out when the foundation accepts proposals, and you can usually read up on the program areas and past grantees on the foundation's website. You may even be able to access the grant application well in advance of the time applications are due if the foundation uses a standard application format.
Government grant opportunities are different. For many government funding opportunities, the agency that will release the funding announcement doesn't have direct control over all the variables including how much money a grant will award and even when the opportunity announcement will be published.
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 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.
For grant writers, the concept of extreme focus may at first seem difficult to apply. After all, a grant application has multiple pieces that need to be developed simultaneously. What should be the "One Thing" worthy of your focus when everything must get done?
Once you've identified an opportunity to respond to and started to assemble your materials, you'll need to recruit a team to work on the proposal. If you've been anticipating an opportunity's release, you may already have your team in place. If this is the case, you can go directly to assembling your proposal binders and scheduling the initial proposal planning meeting.
Finding funding opportunities that are a good fit for your organization involves a few steps. Before you begin your search for potential funders, you'll first need to take an inventory of your project's needs and resources.Your inventory should include:Read More
There are several arguments for conducting a competitor analysis, some more persuasive than others. However, the main (if unspoken) benefit of completing one is to give an organization a sense of control. Having a competitor analysis in hand fosters the belief that everything that can be done to create a winning proposal is being done. The value of the security and confidence this belief creates should not be discounted. The key is to remain aware of the limitations of the competitor analysis process and not lose sight of other activities that could have a greater impact.
A go/no-go meeting should be conducted for each funding opportunity of potential interest. The meeting ensures that there has been a thoughtful, deliberative process to determine whether to respond to an opportunity. The go/no-go decision process can break down for a number of reasons. A few common ones are: