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.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
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’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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the last few posts we've covered creating a proposal binder, organizing your proposal team, and planning your draft process. After these preparations, you're almost ready to start writing. Before the writing begins, you'll need to do one more thing, which is to create a framework for the proposal.
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?
What happens when you want to pursue grant funding but you don't have the time or the skills to write grants? For many nonprofits and projects, the answer is to outsource the work to a grant writer.If you are a nonprofit or project administrator and are considering hiring a grant writer, there are three common assumptions about grant writers you'll want to avoid when reviewing candidates.
Grant writing, like other types of writing, is susceptible to words that have lost their impact through overuse. The three words below frequently appear in grant proposals to add emphasis or communicate progress but often fail to do either. Fortunately, they can easily be exchanged for stronger descriptive words that can be more persuasive and precise.