Grant Writer’s Blog

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 Foundation Directory Online

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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.    I’d like to share some lessons learned from digging deep into the Foundation Directory Online (FDO):   Be aware of how the list of grants in the grantmaker’s profile is created.   The grants listed in a grantmaker’s profile usually…

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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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People First Language In Grant Writing

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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…

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Who Are Our Future Grant Professionals

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“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…

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Deeping Your Understanding and Use of Demographic Data

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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…

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