Grant Writer’s Blog

Do Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Grant Funding

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I began what I now see was my first grant seeking for a capital campaign when I was in fifth grade. Instead of bricks and mortar I sought a four-hooved, whinnying kind of large scale investment.  And my sole source of funding was the Hays Beleaguered Parents Foundation (HBPF); you could say I had an “in” with the key board members. If you’re not familiar…

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Volunteer: Serve Others and Help Yourself

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“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” ~Aristotle   I don’t care what your profession, there is probably a membership organization out there just for you. City planner? How about the American Planning Association? Engineers have the National Society of Professional Engineers. If you’re a professional evaluator you may belong to the American Evaluation Association. Then there’s the International…

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Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

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I moved to Leavenworth, Kansas when I was a 13-year-old army brat, and that’s when I realized the Wizard of Oz was more than a movie played on television each Thanksgiving. It’s a Kansas-resident obsession, and rightly so. This also began my obsession with sparkly shoes. Coincidence, I think not! This beloved classic teaches great lessons about the power of friendship, family, and the power…

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What Lady Mary and Downton Abbey Can Teach You about Fundraising Events

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First, dear reader—a full and frank confession.  I have an unnatural attraction to British period dramas.  As in, if the cast of Downton Abbey reunited to read the entire Uniform Guidance documentation, I would be there for every minute of this kind of attraction.     To be clear, I have no desire to live in a country pile of stone and damp.  And I have…

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Never Too Many (Grant) Cooks in the Kitchen

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What would be your recipe to create the perfect grant? How about a list of ingredients that include: a clean, well-lit quiet office free of distractions immediate access to the most comprehensive databases with all the latest data strong Wi-Fi and a reliable laptop a well-defined program fully realized months before the grant deadline current impeccable data describing the needs and assets of the community…

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Taking Grant Writing from DIY to DI WHY (S2, E1)

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With Requests for Proposals (RFPs) aka Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) often running between 40 and 100 pages of detailed instructions grant writing seems like endless sets of assembly instructions for IKEA furniture on steroids—minus the allen wrenches of course.     The DIY (do it yourself) nature of grant writing comes from following the often-complex instructions, assembling the many required attachments such as logic models,…

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Shark Week Revisited: Anatomy of a Funded 21st CCLC Grant

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My grandson was finally old enough this year to be as excited about Shark Week as much as I am. I love learning about sharks as much as I love being a grant peer reviewer. I served as a peer reviewer for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant, a program I’ve written many proposals for in the past. This federal program funds extracurricular…

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What To Look For (And What To Avoid) In Grant Writing Training For Nonprofit Organizations

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Originally posted by CharityHowTo July 10, 2019. Read the original blog here.  When talking with nonprofit professionals who are new to the grant writing field, or even those who may not be new to the field, but are focused on taking their grant writing career to the next level, one of the most common questions I am asked is about what key resources and trainings…

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Grant Funding in Action: USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

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Here are three varieties of a fruit or vegetable: Belle of Georgia, Desert Gold, and Empress. Do you know what fruit or vegetable this is? If you guessed peaches, you are correct. I have enjoyed some tasty peaches this summer. Last year was the first time I wrote a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grant. I also handled…

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Top 10 Grant Writing Tips For Your Nonprofit

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*Originally published on 6/14/19 by CharityHowTo. Read the original post here. There are so many nuances to be considered when creating a successful grant seeking strategy. Whether you are relatively new to the field of grant seeking or you are looking to increase your success percentage and craft more competitive grant applications, there are always tips related to the best practices of grant seeking that…

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