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Finding a Grant
This Fundraising & Grants Directory is provided at no cost to visitors. Since 1996 Fundsnet Services has provided resources information about grants, fundraising, philanthropy, foundations and 501(c)(3) non-profits organizations to those in need of funding and research for their their philanthropic efforts and missions.
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Writing a Grant
10 Things to Do Before You Write a Grant Proposal
- Identify your organization's needs. This is much more effective than starting with the grant-making organization and trying to create a project to meet their funding priorities.
- Identify a project. Look for one that requires outside funding and directly supports your organization's mission and strategic plan.
- Prepare a concept paper. Describe your project in 2 pages. Include information such as the problem or need the project addresses, previous work undertaken to solve the problem, the proposed solution, required resources (including staff time to prepare the proposal), a timeline, and anticipated outcomes. Although writing the paper may be a lot of work, it will help to clarify and test your ideas and to provide you with information necessary to find an appropriate funder.
- Research potential funders. If you don't have grants directories and databases of your own, check your local library.
- Ask your colleagues for advice. People who work in your organization (or in the same field) can often suggest appropriate foundations or grant programs. Members of your board of directors might also know some good sources. Better yet, you might discover that someone in your organization knows a program officer or a board member of a foundation.
- Identify a funder. Does your organization meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the grant guidelines? Does your organization's philosophy match the foundation's philosophy?
- Obtain guidelines and information on the application procedure.
- Read the guidelines, and follow the directions. It sounds simple, but many people miss out on grant money because they don't provide what the grantmaker requests.
- Ask questions. Unless the guidelines clearly state that you should not approach the grant maker, contact the program officer with any questions. Make sure you are prepared with specific questions before placing the call.
- Decide who will write the proposal and get started.
Tips on Finding an Appropriate Funder
A proposal must convince the prospective donor of two things: A) that a problem/need of significant magnitude exist; B) that the applicant agency has the means and the imagination to solve the problem and/or meet the need.
Each grant maker is an individual and should be approached in a different way.
Design the project before you go looking for a matching funder.
Funders are a match when they're trying to solve the same problem you are.
Funders match when they fund projects in the area in which your project will be operated.
Funders match when you are eligible according to their policy and your tax status.
Funders match when you're asking for an amount of funds they can and will appropriate.
Grant seeking is a process, not an event.
Grant making is not a charity. It's an investment.
Your only real relationship with the potential funder is the problem. You are both trying to solve the same problem. The proposal tells the potential funder how you intend to do it and why they should invest in you.
Grant makers like to partner on a project. If you have one grant maker willing to invest in your project, it's likely you can attract more.
Most foundations like to establish a personal relationship with potential grantees.
Site visits are common.
When approaching a grant maker, be honest and realistic. Don't play games with your project or your budget.
Eight basic components of a proposal
Budget (no check list)
Proposal Component Check Lists
Checklist for Proposal Summary
Belongs at the beginning of the proposal
Identifies the grant applicant
Includes at least one sentence on credibility
Includes at least one sentence on problem
Includes at least one sentence on objectives
Includes at least one sentence on methods
Includes total cost, funds already obtained, amount requested in this proposal
Should be brief
Should be clear
Should be interesting
Checklist for Proposal Introduction
Clearly established who is applying for funds
Describes applicant agency purpose and goals
Describes agency programs
Describes clients or constituents
Provides evidence of accomplishment
Offers statistics to support credibility
Offers statements an/or endorsements to support credibility
Supports credibility in program area in which funds are sought
Leads logically to problem statement
Is interesting/ shows enthusiasm?
Is free of jargon
Checklist for Problem Statement
Relates to purposes and goals of organization
Is of reasonable dimensions
Is supported by statistical evidence
Is supported by statements from authorities
Is stated in terms of clients or beneficiaries
Is developed with input from clients and beneficiaries
Doesn’t make assumptions
Doesn’t use jargon
Is interesting to read
Checklist for Objectives
Describes problem-related outcomes of your program
Does not describe you methods
Defines the population served
States the time when the objectives will be met
Describes the objectives in numerical terms, if at all possible
Checklist for Methods
Flows naturally from problems and objectives
Clearly describes program activities
States reasons for selection of activities
Describes sequence of activities
Describes staffing of program
Describes clients and client selection
Presents a reasonable scope of activities that can be accomplished within the time allotted for program and within the resources of the applicant.
Checklist for Evaluation
Covers product and process
Tells who will be performing evaluation and how evaluators will be selected
Defines evaluation criteria
Describes data gathering methods
Explains any test instruments or questionnaires to be used
Describes the process of data analysis
Show how evaluation will be used for program improvements
Describes evaluation reports to be produced
Checklist for Future Funding
Presents a plan to provide future funding if program is to be continued
Discusses both maintenance and future program funding if program is for construction
Accounts for other needed expenditures if program includes purchase of equipment