Grant Writing For Dummies, 7th Edition
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You have multiple options for storing your grant application’s electronic files. Using cloud-based storage services is as secure as printing out your notes and other documents and putting them in a file box for later use. These services are encrypted and easy to access from any mobile device. Some are free up to a maximum storage level; after that, there’s a small fee, which varies from provider to provider. All of the following choices are compatible with both PCs and Macs:
  • Dropbox: This service has great folder-sharing options and a feature that allows you to see when one of your clients is accessing a shared project folder to retrieve or deposit information. A small window pops up on the lower-right corner of the computer screen to give you the heads-up on any actions in the folder.
  • Google Drive: This service has file storage and synchronization capabilities. Documents can be shared, and Google Drive has collaborative editing options. You need a Google account to use this service, but signing up is free.
  • Onehub: After you subscribe to this collaborative file-sharing cloud-based storage service, you can add Onehub Sync to your desktop and keep all your files handy. There is also a mobile application to add and view files away from your office or home.
  • Microsoft OneDrive: This service is available on Windows-equipped computers. It works the same as Dropbox and Google Drive. The only distinct feature is that it only works on computers that have Windows installed.

New cloud-based storage services are emerging on a regular basis, so keep checking to see what’s out there and what best fits your needs.

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Beverly A. Browning, MPA, is a grant-writing course developer who has been consulting in the areas of grant writing, contract bid responses, and organizational development for more than 40 years. She has assisted clients throughout the United States in receiving awards of more than $430 million. Learn more at bevbrowning.com.

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