Program officers at foundations can be a valuable resource for nonprofit organizations. Often a short phone conversation with a program officer can quickly resolve any questions you might have related to eligibility, project scope, funding priorities, and application guidelines.Read More
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
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
Just as you “dress for success” when you go for a job interview, your grant proposal should look pulled together and professional by the time you submit it. In this post, we review six formatting tips you can apply to make your next proposal look polished.Read More
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
While you may not want to tie up your entire professional development budget on annual fees, there are a couple of good reasons to consider adding at least one or two annual subscriptions into the mix:
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?