Discover Funding Trends through a Landscape Analysis

Discover Funding Trends through a Landscape Analysis

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. 

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Review of Udemy Course Grant Writing: Keys to a Successful Proposal by Dr. Richard Feenstra

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.

 
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How to Write a Grant Proposal

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.

 
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Review of the lynda.com Course Grant Writing for Education

Courses on proposal development and grant writing are difficult to get right. Sometimes they give too much of an overview and fail to provide practical guidance. At other times, they are too focused on a particular type of grant to be of general use. The course reviewed in this post, Grant Writing for Education released by lynda.com, has achieved the right balance. Although oriented toward educators, the majority of the content applies to grant writing in any field.

 
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Review of lynda.com Course Writing Proposals with Judy Steiner-Williams

If you prefer to learn about a topic through video instruction rather than reading a book, there are lots options to choose from. One company that consistently delivers high-quality courses is lynda.com. Currently, lynda.com offers three courses related to grants and proposal writing:

 
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Strengthen Your Grant Writing by Avoiding Overused Words

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.

 
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Review of Udemy Course Grant Writing for Nonprofits and Freelance Writers

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.

 
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Creating a Professional Development Fund (and Why You Need One)

Unlike corporate settings–where employers typically pay for ongoing training and dues for professional associations–nonprofit employers often do not have the budget for professional development costs. If your employer is not able to pay for a professional development opportunity, but you know you need additional training and resources to do your job well and stay motivated, what can you do?

 
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