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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 Create a Funding Plan for Your Organization

Your funding plan is a strategic written document on a grant application that drives the organization's direction and decision-making process over a set period of time. Just a few years ago, organizations [more…]

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

Any funding source you approach will have questions about the grant applicant organization’s legal name and structure, such as nonprofit, unit of government [more…]

Attachments You Should Add to Your Grant Request

Virtually all grant applications require a few standard attachments that provide additional information about the grant applicant organization. These attachments follow the grant or cooperative agreement [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 Third Party Resources to Help You Write Your Federal Grant Applications

Writing an application for a federal grant or cooperative agreement requires making new friends in your community — not only collaborative partners but also community specialists such as evaluators. You [more…]

How to Write an Application That Wins Grants

The opening section of your grant application for funding is all about your organization. The focus is on the problem your organization wants to solve, where [more…]

How to Write Your Grant Application's Program Design Section

When you write the program design section of your grant application, remember that the point is to explain what you want to do with the grant monies. This is what the reviewers are interested in. [more…]

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

When writing the organizational capability section of your grant application, you need to clearly and concisely give the grant reader 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 Statement of Need

When you’re writing your statement of need for grant funding, remember this: Grant writing has progressed from rote and boring to individual/personality-packed/engrossing/exciting. Like all great stories [more…]

How to Prepare a Grant Funding Timeline

A timeline or Gantt chart tells the grant reader when major project milestones will begin and end during the grant’s funding period (which is usually a 12-month period). The timeline also includes information [more…]

How to Create a Program Blueprint for a Grant Application

You can include a Logic Model on your grant application. The Logic Model is a graphic blueprint of the key elements of a proposed program. It looks at inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts [more…]

How to Prevent Mistakes on a Grant Application

After putting so much time and energy into your grant application, your eyes and brain may be too strained or fried to spot fatal writing or formatting errors. Unfortunately, the individuals who review [more…]

How to Follow Up on Government Grant Requests

Don't sit around biting your nails. As soon as you send your grant application off to a state funding agency or upload it via a federal e-grant portal, start the tracking process. [more…]

How to Follow Up on Foundation and Corporate Grant Requests

Some foundation and corporate funders use their websites to post information on procedures for grant proposal awards and declines. If you can't locate the funder's guidelines, it's okay to e-mail or call [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 Find Grant Funding for Your Organization

To identify as many potential grant-funding sources as possible for your organization, you need to carefully research the primary sources of funding: the public sector [more…]

How to Write a Grant Application Cover Letter

Thanks to the prevalence of the electronic grant submission process, nowadays most people use cover letters only for foundation and corporate funders who require one. [more…]

How to Create Your Grant Application's Abstract or Executive Summary

The abstract or executive summary is a brief, page-limited overview of what the grant reviewer will find in the full grant application. Brevity is important [more…]

How to Compose Your Grant Application's Management Plan

The management plan tells the grant reviewer who’s accountable to whom. It clearly shows where the buck stops when questions arise from the funder. You can integrate the management plan into the key personnel [more…]

How to Organize Your Grant Application's Attachments

For most government grant applications, the attachments are compiled in the same order you refer to them in the narrative. So, read through the narrative from beginning to end and put your attachments [more…]

How to Submit Your Grant Application Electronically on Grants.gov

Grants.gov is the main gateway for federal e-grants — and one of the most comprehensive e-grants systems. The Grants.gov website makes it easy to go about the process of submitting your grant application [more…]

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