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
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.
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.
After you identify an opportunity to respond to, you'll want to prepare a proposal binder to organize your materials. You may want to prepare several copies of the binder, one for each member of the proposal team. The contents of the binder will vary depending on how complicated the proposal is. However, there is some standard information you'll want to include in each proposal binder.
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.
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
Writing grant proposals requires skills in a number of areas, including the use of software programs like Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, knowledge of funders, and the ability to write compelling prose. There are several ways to build your skills in these areas.
The course Grant Writing for Nonprofits and Freelance Writers is the first of several Udemy courses related to grant writing and proposal development that will be reviewed as part of the Peak Proposals blog. Grant Writing for Nonprofits and Freelance Writers is directed toward new or inexperienced grant writers. The course is primarily about creating boilerplate text, which is language you can use, with a little tweaking, over and over again for different grant applications.
A core part of the prospect research process involves evaluating potential sources of funding such as private foundations, community foundations, and government agencies to determine which sources of funding are the right “fit” for your organization or project and worth pursuing.Read More
If you are interested in receiving funding from USAID, the USAID business forecast is an important resource you should be using. USAID releases the forecast quarterly. The forecast provides information about awards USAID is in the process of developing and includes grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The forecast includes the following information (the amount of information varies for each award):