Grant Writer’s Blog

Questions to Help You Think Like a Grant Reviewer

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This month I served as a grant reviewer for the first time. I had three foundation applications to review in six weeks (a pretty generous time-frame). I will join in the chorus of other grant professionals that say if you have the opportunity to serve as a reviewer, do it. Here are the 10 Tips Judy learned by serving as a federal grant reviewer.  …

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#FOMO…On the Perfect Grant Opportunity

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While many on social media may think of #FOMO as the Fear Of Missing Out as it relates to social activities, vacations, and other exciting adventures, when I think of #FOMO it is the fear that many grant professionals deal with…missing out on a perfect grant opportunity.   Yes, I occasionally have a middle of the night moment of panic that I missed the opening…

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Grant MythBusters

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The popular television show, MythBusters, began on the Discovery channel in 2003. Like this tv show which fact checks and dispels or proves urban legends, the world of grants is ripe with myths. Time for Spring Cleaning! Let’s bust three of these grant myths!   Myth #1: Grant funding should only support program costs. Vu Le, Executive Director of Ranier Valley Corps, has a reply…

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The National Funder Unicorn

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Anyone doing grant research for an organization has probably heard this at least once when discussing research results: “Aren’t there any national funders?”   In my experience doing a lot of grant research, most grantmakers have geographic preferences. They give priority, or may exclusively fund, certain geographic areas. This could include the places where their founders or trustees live(d), or communities with company facilities in…

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The Janus Life of Grant Writers

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The Roman deity Janus had two faces.  One looked toward the past and the other the future. As the god of beginnings and endings, he focused on both the past and the future. Grant writers understand this duality.     Our grants balance the power of words to evoke and reassure with their ability to excite and envision.  We write in the voices of our…

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Using an Agile Framework to Win More Grants

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Do you want to write twice as many grants in half the time?   It sounds like a gimmick, I agree.   Yet, there is real truth in the title of the book, “Scrum: Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.”   As an Agile framework, Scrum is a wonderful approach for grant writing teams to utilize as a means to increase the efficiency…

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7 Ideas to Add Creativity to Your Grant Proposal

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Are you feeling bored with your grant proposals? Are you getting tired of doing the same thing over and over again? If you are feeling bored, there is a good chance your grant reviewers are also bored reading through your grant proposal. Why not add some creativity to your grant proposals?   Spice up your grant proposals with these creative ideas.   Get out of…

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Digging Deep into the FDO

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I have been conducting quite a bit of funder research lately, which has given me an opportunity to further develop my foundation research strategies. My last two blog posts, Developing Your Foundation Research Strategy – Part 1 of 2 and Developing Your Foundation Research Strategy – Part 2 of 2 provided tips on strategically developing your foundation research strategy.   I’d like to share some…

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Writing for Rural America

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Sometimes when you are writing a grant for a rural organization it can feel a bit like David and Goliath. Urban communities have more research done on them, more data to back up the challenges a community faces and more organizations to collaborate with. Organizations working in rural communities (I’m preaching to the choir if you are still reading this blog) can feel isolated and…

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Encouraging Quotes for Grant Professionals

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I love quotes. Certain times of the year, grant professionals are extra busy and sometimes feel burned out, overused, unappreciated, and not appropriately compensated. To combat these times, I’ve compiled a list of favorite quotes that help me continue to make the world a better place through words and numbers. Hope you can use these when you need a boost. As an extra shout out…

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