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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 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 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 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…]

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…]

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