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Submission Differences You Should Know Before Applying for International Grant Funding

Do your homework before approaching an international grant funder for support. Being prepared is the key to successful fundraising. A few of the most important steps to take in advance: [more…]

Standard Terminology You Should Know for Grant Writing

All federal grant and cooperative agreement announcements use two types of terms: general and program-specific. General terms are words or phrases that appear in all funding announcements. [more…]

How to Use the Point System to Outline the Writing of Your Grant Application

Most government grant application narratives are weighted for a total of 100 possible points. The most comprehensive writing section of any grant application narrative is usually the program design section [more…]

How to Score Extra Points on Your Grant Application by Meeting the Funding Priority

Want to score some extra points on your grant application? You can get an edge on the competition by meeting the funding agency’s funding priority for a specific grant competition. Funders often identify [more…]

Which Preliminary Documents Should I Include with My Grant Application?

Not sure what upfront stuff you need to include in your grant application? Never fear, it’s broken down for you right here by order of appearance. This list also clarifies when each preliminary document [more…]

How to Use Partners to Boost Your Credibility on Grant Applications

Partnerships can be great assets on grant applications. In the partnerships section of your organization description narrative, write about your organization’s local, regional, and national collaborative [more…]

How to Write about Your Programs and Activities on a Grant Application

Use the program section of your opening narrative on the grant application to write about the day-to-day happenings at your organization. Describe the programs that you currently provide to your constituency [more…]

How to Present Your Target Population on a Grant Application

The target population section on a grant application is the place to write about the people you serve. If you're serving certain organizations, you write about the organizations. If you're writing a grant [more…]

How to Write the Personnel Narrative on Your Grant Application

After you choose your staff, you can begin writing the personnel narrative of your grant appliation. The grant reviewer looks for the key personnel narrative to answer the following questions: [more…]

How to Write the Purpose Statement on Your Grant Application

As the first part of your program design narrative, the purpose statement tells the grant reader why you’re asking for grant monies. You have two types of purpose statements to choose from: direct and [more…]

How to Write Objectives for Your Grant Application

Successful grant writers know and understand the three types of objectives (also known as milestones or benchmarks). Just as important, good grant writers know when to use them on grant applications: [more…]

How to Conduct an In-House Evaluation of Your Grant Application

When you plan to conduct an internal evaluation of your grant application — meaning you aren’t hiring an outsider to assist with or conduct the evaluation of your project — the best option is to propose [more…]

How to Include the Principal Investigator on Federal Grant Applications

In federal grant applications for scientific or research requests, you’re asked to provide a biographical sketch for the principal investigator. In some cases, the [more…]

How to Demonstrate Federal Compliance on the Personnel Selection of Your Grant Application

Equity is created when you manage a program in such a way that no one is excluded. All the individuals hired with grant funds and all the members of the [more…]

How to Account for Volunteers’ Time on Your Grant Application

For decades, volunteers have rolled up their sleeves and stepped in to serve their communities. You still have to account for them on your grant application, even though you won’t be delving into grant [more…]

How to Construct Multiyear Costs on Your Grant Application

Some grant applications require you to project multiyear costs. When you’re planning to construct a building or purchase specific items of equipment, engineers or vendors can usually give you bids that [more…]

How to Increase Your Chances of Winning a Grant as a New Nonprofit

If your organization is a new nonprofit, you can increase your chances of winning a grant award by applying through a fiscal sponsor. A fiscal sponsor is usually a veteran agency with a long and successful [more…]

How to Accept Grant Award Money

During the post-award process, you have to act as grant recipient is supposed to. You must inform the funding source that you accept its offer of funding before you can share the good news with the world [more…]

How to Draft a Resolution to Accept a Grant Award

A resolution is required to officially accept a grant award. Any agency with a board of directors (such as a nonprofit, school district, or hospital) or trustees or any government agency with a decision-making [more…]


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