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Handling a Grant Rejection Notice

As a grant writer, getting a rejection letter from a funding source after you've shed blood, sweat, and tears researching and writing your grant application can be a big letdown. Besides coping with your [more…]

How to Get Going on a Grant Application

Applying for a grant requires plenty of preparation and research. To begin the grant-seeking process, you need to understand the different types of grants, what grant money can be used for, and what grantwriters [more…]

How to Write a Great Case Statement

The backbone of your fundraising campaign is a strong case statement. A case statement outlines what need your agency addresses, how you address it, what makes your organization unique, and how others [more…]

How to Present Your Organization's Qualifications when Applying for Grants

Any funding source you approach will have questions about your organization's legal name and overall structure as applicant qualifications. Understanding exactly what qualifications the application is [more…]

What Attachments to Add to Your Grant Request

When you submit an application for funding through a grant, include any information about your organization, in the form of attachments, that isn't covered in the main the application. Here are some of [more…]

How to Find Grants through Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog

You can find all sorts of information about grants offered by the federal government in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). The CFDA contains information about every competitive and formula [more…]

How to Register as an Organization on Grants.gov

In order to apply for a grant from Grants.gov, your organization must complete the (not so easy) Grants.gov registration process. To get your organization registered to submit grant applications on the [more…]

How to Register as an Individual on Grants.gov

If you want to apply for a grant from Grants.gov as an individual, you must complete the (not so easy) Grants.gov registration process. Individual registration can take up to one business day to complete [more…]

How to Download and Upload Grant Applications on Grant.gov

Since the arrival of the Grants.gov e-grant system, all the federal grant application forms that you need are available on that Web site. You can find, download, fill out, and upload an application electronically [more…]

How to Read a Request For Proposal for a Contract Bid

When a company issues an opportunity to bid on a contract for funding, often referred to as an RFP (Request For Proposal)or RFQ (Request for Quote), you must be able to quickly scan the technical proposal [more…]

How to Find Federal Resources to Help You Write Your Grant Applications

Most government agencies that award grants or contracts produce publications that can give you a leg up on writing all types of grant applications and RFP narratives. You can find these valuable resources [more…]

How to Write an Application That Wins Grants

The opening section of your application for funding is a key ingredient of your winning grant, cooperative agreement, or contract bid recipe. When you write your application, focus on the problem you want [more…]

How to Write Your Grant Application's Program Design Section

When you write the program design section of your grant application, cooperative agreement, or RFP narrative, remember that the point is to explain what you want to do with the grant, agreement, or contract [more…]

How to Complete Grant Application Cover Forms

Many groups of grantmakers, from foundations to corporations, have created their own customized common grant application forms and formats. Look for these types of common forms and formats on the [more…]

How to Complete Federal Grant Application Cover Forms

The electronic Grant Application Cover Form (also known as Form 424) has four pages (it used to be just one page). When you fill in the Grant Application Cover Form at [more…]

How to Present Your Organization's Capabilities in a Grant Application

When writing the organizational capability section of your application, you need to tell the grant reader, clearly and concisely, just enough information about your organization’s experience and accomplishments [more…]

How to Determine the Required Elements for a Contract Bid

When you respond to an RFP (Request For Proposal), you position your organization to win a contract bid. Pursuing contracted services on a regular basis can strengthen and grow your business. In the first [more…]

How to Construct Your Grant Application's Problem Statement

Sometimes the hardest part about writing the problem statement for your grant application is knowing when you’re done. You know you’ve written a convincing and compelling problem statement when you get [more…]

How to Prepare a Grant Funding Timeline

A timeline in your grant application tells the grant reader when activities (also called process objectives) will begin and end during the grant’s funding period. When you develop a project timeline, keep [more…]

How to Create a Program Blueprint for a Grant Application

When you apply for a grant, use a Logic Model (a graphic blueprint of the key elements of your proposed program) to sway the reader. This blueprint, or Logic Model, looks at inputs, activities, outputs [more…]

How to Prevent Mistakes on a Grant Application

After putting so much time and energy into your grant application or bid proposal, you may miss fatal writing or formatting errors. Unfortunately, when program officers and peer reviewers reading your [more…]

How to Follow Up on Government Grant Requests

As soon as you send your grant application off to a state or federal funding agency, start the tracking process so that you can do any necessary follow-up on the application. You have specific rules to [more…]

How to Follow Up on Foundation and Corporate Grant Requests

When you submit a grant application to a foundation or corporate funder, you may find information on procedures for grant proposal awards and declines on the funder's Web site. If you can’t locate the [more…]

How to Uncover Hard-to-Find Statistics for Your Grant Application

Knowing how to find current and relevant demographics (also known as statistics) is crucial to writing an effective grant application. Unfortunately, these statistics aren’t always easy to find when you [more…]

How to Fill In Federal Grant Application Forms

Each federal agency has its own grant application forms and its own guidelines for filling out the forms. All the federal agencies have standard cover forms, budget forms, and assurances, certifications [more…]

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