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How to Pursue Federal Government Grants for Your Nonprofit

To pursue government funds for your nonprofit, you want to study a different set of research guides from those that help you with foundations and corporations. The publication that’s most likely to help [more…]

How to Get Started on a Grant Proposal for Your Nonprofit

Generally, a nonprofit grant writer develops a proposal by talking with staff members, volunteers, or the board about a project idea. Before setting fingers to keyboard, the writer should investigate the [more…]

How to Write a Nonprofit Grant Cover Letter and Summary

Your nonprofit grant proposal should include a concise cover letter and summary. Technically, the cover letterisn’t part of the proposal narrative. It’s attached to the top of the proposal, where it serves [more…]

How to Introduce Your Nonprofit Agency in a Grant Proposal

Some nonprofit grant proposals contain introductions.Others call this section background information. However you choose to label it, this part of the proposal describes the nonprofit organization that’s [more…]

How to Describe the Need in Your Nonprofit’s Grant Application

When you begin to write your nonprofit grant proposal, the most important part is what you need the grant money for. That’s the reason you went into nonprofit, right? You need to provide help for a cause [more…]

How to Set Nonprofit Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes in Your Grant Application

After you’ve described a need in your nonprofit grant proposal, the next step is to introduce what the nonprofit intends to achieve if it takes on the proposed project. You haven’t yet described the project [more…]

How to Present Your Nonprofit’s Project Idea in a Grant Proposal

It’s time to explain your nonprofit project idea. Who will do what to whom over what period of time? If you’re writing your proposal for a research project, generally this section is called [more…]

How to Establish Evaluation Criteria for a Nonprofit Grant Proposal

If you’ve carefully shaped the goals, objectives, and outcomes section of your nonprofit grant proposal, the desired project results are clear. The evaluation [more…]

How to Discuss the Budget in a Nonprofit Grant Proposal

It’s time for your proposal to present information about project costs and the other funding that’s available. If your nonprofit organization offers only one service for which it’s seeking money, the organization’s [more…]

How to Include an Additional Funding Plan in a Nonprofit Grant Application

Willingness to cover the full cost of a nonprofit project varies from foundation to foundation and agency to agency. Some like to “own” a project and have their name strongly associated with it; therefore [more…]

How to Compile an Appendix for a Nonprofit Grant Application

A nonprofit grant proposal usually needs an appendix or attachments. Consider this to be the bows that accompany the wrapping paper. It provides any additional information a foundation may need for making [more…]

How to Seek General Operating Support for Your Nonprofit

If you’re seeking funds for general operating support, your proposal needs to make an argument for the work of the entire nonprofit rather than for a specific project. In this type of request, some of [more…]

How to Find Seed Money for a New Nonprofit Agency

Some foundations specialize in nonprofit “seed funding” for new projects and new organizations. A seed proposal has two key ingredients: careful assessment of the problem to be addressed and special qualifications [more…]

How to Develop a Rough Budget for Your Nonprofit’s Capital Campaign

Before you test your project to find out whether it’s feasible, you need assistance figuring out what it will cost. A common mistake nonprofit organizations make is forgetting that raising money costs [more…]

How to Find Top Gifts for Your Nonprofit’s Capital Campaign

You don’t start at the top when building a pyramid, but that’s where you begin with a nonprofit capital campaign. You will want to structure your gifts by first looking to the top and then working your [more…]

How to Broadly Solicit Donations for Your Nonprofit’s Capital Campaign

Early on, when you’re conducting a nonprofit capital campaign among trustees, close friends of the nonprofit, past donors, and foundations, the campaign is in what’s called the “quiet phase.” While it [more…]

How to Shape a Nonprofit Capital Campaign Grant Proposal

Grant proposals for nonprofit capital projects follow the general outline of a standard grant proposal with some variations and additions. The grant writer needs to describe the organization’s goals and [more…]

How to Approach Different Kinds of Foundations as a Nonprofit Grant Seeker

Foundations are formed and governed in different ways. These differences may affect the way your nonprofit organization addresses them as a grant seeker. There are four basic kinds of foundations. [more…]

Nonprofit Grant Seeking: Tips for Online Applications

More and more foundations are inviting or requiring nonprofit applicants to apply for grants online. Online application systems vary widely, but a few things you should keep in mind are: [more…]

How to Prepare a Nonprofit Proposal for Corporate Grants or Sponsors

Nonprofit grant proposals addressed to corporations and company-sponsored foundations are generally brief. A two-page letter or e-mail is an excellent approach. Because it needs to be brief and concise [more…]

How to Analyze the Results of your Nonprofit’s Feasibility Study

A feasibility study for your nonprofit project is like finding out — after talking to your parents, spouse, or the bank — how much you can afford to pay for a car. Your parents may say that they’ll give [more…]

How to Develop a Nonprofit Capital Campaign Case Statement

A nonprofit capital campaign cries out for a case statement — a brief, eloquently stated argument on behalf of the capital project. Of course, the extent to which you market your case statement is dependent [more…]

Nonprofit Fundraising: What to Do Before Launching a Capital Campaign

After your nonprofit board decides it may want to raise funds for a capital project, seek outside assistance in the form of workshops, classes, or consulting. Convincing yourself that your capital campaign [more…]

How to Test the Feasibility of Your Nonprofit's Capital Campaign

A nonprofit organization's capital campaign starts with a feasibility study, which is research that tests the hypothesis that you can raise the amount of money you need. A feasibility study for a capital [more…]

10 Tips for Increasing Your Odds of Winning a Grant Award

Securing grant funding is a skill, not your good luck falling into place. If you want to win a grant award for your organization, you need to put in some serious effort. The following pointers are tried-and-true [more…]

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