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How to Write a Grant Application Cover Letter

Your cover letter should be brief, it should get to the point, and it shouldn’t regurgitate the information that’s in the grant application or proposal. The grant app cover letter should provide the first [more…]

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

The abstract or executive summary of your grant application is a brief, one-page overview of what the grant reviewer will find in the full grant application. Keep your abstract short [more…]

How to Compose Your Grant Application's Management Plan

The management plan of your grant application tells the grant reviewer who’s accountable to whom. It clearly shows where the buck stops when questions arise from the funder. In your management plan, the [more…]

How to Organize Your Grant Application's Attachments

The attachments to your grant application go in a specific order. For most government grant applications, the attachments are compiled in the order that you refer to them in the narrative you construct [more…]

How to Submit Your Grant Application Electronically on Grants.gov

E-grants are the only way to submit your funding request to many corporations and foundations, as well as to most government agencies, especially the federal government. [more…]

How to Research Prospective Donors to Your Nonprofit

Professional fundraisers will tell you that the three keys to raising money for nonprofits are research, research, and research. To see what they mean, consider this scenario: You know that your next-door [more…]

How to Use the Foundation Center to Find Nonprofit Grants

During the past 60 years, the public has gained increased access to information about nonprofit funding sources. One milestone in this movement was the creation of the Foundation Center in 1956. Originally [more…]

How to Search the Foundation Center’s Grant Information for Your Nonprofit

The Foundation Center is a resource that should be utilized by anyone in the nonprofit world. Here are a few pointers to help you cast your net using the Foundation Center tools: [more…]

How to Determine the Best Grant Prospects for Your Nonprofit

It’s time to take your nonprofit’s broad list of prospects in hand and find out more about each of them to best arm yourself for seeking grants. See what you can discover from the following sources: [more…]

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 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…]

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