Grant Writer’s Blog

7 Ideas to Add Creativity to Your Grant Proposal

Written by:

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…

Read More

Digging Deep into the FDO

Written by:

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…

Read More

Writing for Rural America

Written by:

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…

Read More

Encouraging Quotes for Grant Professionals

Written by:

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…

Read More

People First Language In Grant Writing

Written by:

If one was to ask my daughter to describe her best friend, here is what she would say. She loves to be pushed on the swing. She’s good at painting. She gives really great hugs. What she wouldn’t say is that her best friend is “special needs.” She would say, however, that she is her most special friend in the whole wide world.   The…

Read More

Who Are Our Future Grant Professionals

Written by:

“Community is being close to the people around you. To me, community isn’t a place, it’s a feeling,” Rebecca Leonard   13-year-old Rebecca Leonard submitted an essay for the Northern New York Community Foundation Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge where she highlighted the Watertown Urban Mission and its many services including their food program. Her description of community was compelling to the review committee, so…

Read More

Deeping Your Understanding and Use of Demographic Data

Written by:

Resources for Writing a Good Demographic Statement or Why Grant Writers Deserve their own type of Sherlock Holmes Hats   One of the most satisfying part of my job as a grant writer is when I’m listening to a client or colleague and they have a compelling request, “Can we find money to increase staffing for a homeless shelter” or “Can we find funding to…

Read More