Grant Writer’s Blog

6 Inspirational Quotes for Grant Professionals

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We all have days as grant professionals/grant writers where we are looking for a bit of inspiration or motivation, even if it comes in the form of inspirational quotes, right?! In my office, I love to keep track of inspirational quotes that are related to writer’s block, editing, mistakes/rejection, and all things writing-related so that we can read them as needed and then dig back…

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If the OIG Arrived on Your Doorstep Tomorrow

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If the OIG Arrived on Your Doorstep Tomorrow, Would You Survive the Day? Site visits and single audits forever make me feel as if I’ve been called to the principal’s office. (For the record, I’ve never been, but just the thought would have sent my type A personality, rule-following self into a tailspin.) I’m darn good at grant management, and I do my best to…

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8 Qualities of Excellent Grant Proposals

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In a grant seeking environment of ever-increasing competition, it is imperative to provide a proposal that provides the clearest, yet most energized proposal that will excite the reader and make them want to financially support the program. The following are what I consider to be the 8 qualities that describe excellent proposals regardless of the program focus: 1. Energy – The proposal shines with enthusiasm and passion….

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Alice Walker and Flannery O’Connor Showed Up: You Can Too!

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Once every two months or so, I travel down a semi-rural highway flanked by pine trees and cow pastures–deep into South Georgia to visit some dear friends and get my introvert on. During the three-hour drive, I pass through the homes and haunts of literary giants.  First comes Eatonton, GA, the birthplace of Alice Walker, novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and activist. Her most famous…

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#ThrowBackThursday 2019

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It’s the start of the new year, 2020! We thought this would be a great time to throw it back for #throwbackthursday and revisit our top blog posts of 2019.   Questions to Help You Think Like a Grant Reviewer “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…

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What is a Grant Calendar?

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Let’s start by making sure that we are all using the same definition of what a grant calendar is NOT: An entry for each upcoming deadline on your own personal calendar. Set in stone, or a limitation on which grant applications you can apply for. Rather, a grant calendar IS: An entry for each upcoming deadline on a shared calendar that ALL members of the grant team…

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How the Great British Baking Show Can Make You a Grants Authority

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Holiday baking reigns supreme this time of year.  Cookies, cakes, pies—it’s hard to escape. I’m not a baker, but I do appreciate the baking artistry of others.  And I do escape the hustle and bustle of end of the year reporting and fundraising deadlines through grit, determination, and extreme binging of cooking shows on Netflix and YouTube.  The Great British Baking Show surpasses all other…

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One Gift Does Not Fit All: Gift Policies and You

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By the time you read this, you may be knee-deep in holiday shopping madness.  And it may not be a Hallmark Movie movement for you or those you love. There’s a lot to consider, right?  It can become a strange familial calculus of reasonable costs, dream fulfillment, package delivery roulette, and mall or big box parking space availability. Over the past few years, I’ve honed…

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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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