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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…]

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 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…]

9 Tips for Writing Effective Grant Proposals

To make your grant writing stand out from other proposals and get your grant funded, you have to know how to write grant applications effectively. Do some research for your specific grant proposal and [more…]

How to Download and Upload Grant Applications on

If you’re hoping to score a grant, you will need to be familiar with All the federal grant application forms you need are available through the [more…]

How to Fill in Federal Grant Application Forms

Each federal agency has its own standard grant application forms and its own guidelines for filling out the forms. Some agencies have fewer than 10 forms; others have more than 20. Underestimating the [more…]

How to Complete Grant Application Cover Forms

Many groups of grant makers, from foundations to corporations, have created their own customized common grant application forms and formats. These types of commonly developed and used forms and formats [more…]

How to Complete Federal Grant Application Cover Forms

The electronic Application for Federal Assistance Form (also known as SF-424) asks for four pages of information before processing your grant request. Here, you will find an overview of the sections you [more…]

How to Develop the Table of Contents for Your Grant Application

Whether you include a table of contents depends on the grant application guidelines. Rigidly structured guidelines typically call for a table of contents, particularly if the narrative is long [more…]

How to Use Visuals on Your Grant Application

Consider adding visuals to your grant application the problems in a way that doesn’t bore the grant reader is important; reading nothing but sentences filled with demographics can get dull and confusing [more…]

How to Request Peer Review Comments When Your Government Grant Application is Rejected

If your grant application was rejected by a state or federal funding agency, you’re entitled to review the grant reviewer’s comments under the Freedom of Information Act [more…]

How to Construct a Corporate Grant Request Letter

First and foremost, keep your corporate grant request letter to one page maximum, not including your attached supporting documentation (description of equipment, project budget, and so on). Corporations [more…]

10 Reputation-Building Tricks Practiced by Top Grant Writers

How can you determine your odds of winning? Is there a system for knowing if your grant-funding opportunity is worth going after? Have you thought about everything that needs to be in place to win a grant [more…]

10 Ways to Prove You’re an Ethical Grant Writer

The number-one topic of the queries received from both new and veteran grant writers is ethics. If you’re wondering why, consider that in the grant industry, all you have as a grant writer is your name [more…]

10 Ways to Secure Peer Review Opportunities for Your Grant

A peer reviewer is an individual selected by public (and sometimes private) grant-making agencies to read and score grant applications. Because a peer is someone considered an equal, you can apply to review [more…]

How to Write a Letter of Inquiry to Find Grant Opportunities

Many foundations state in their published guidelines that they prefer the initial approach to be a letter of inquiry, which is a one- to three-page letter in which you ask about their interest in receiving [more…]

How to Use Storytelling in Your Grant Request

If you want to secure a grant, you must put life, personality, and compassion into your request. This type of writing approach is referred to as storytelling. [more…]


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