This month in the Grants Reading Room

An updated compilation of articles with a focus on grants, grantwriting and issues pertaining to grants for non-profit organizations and individuals. Subjects covered include advice and tips for writing successful grant proposals, grantwriting for government & corporations, various strategies to use to get noticed, pifalls to avoid and much more.

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Spotlighted Articles

  • Truth be told, our President/CEO really likes to win awards. My first tasks when I arrived two years ago were to submit our organization for three local honors. I didn't know how much to brag, how much to bluster and how much to try to overwhelm the judges with facts and figures. We did okay, winning finalist designations on all three submission, but no prize.

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  • From our earliest memories in school, we heard “read the directions first!” Every time I start reading an application, including a grant-related one, these words ring again and again. Whether applying for a foundation, corporate, government, or community grant award as a nonprofit organization, an association with a different tax status, an individual, or a business, I always keep these rules and application “how-tos” in mind.

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  • You've tweaked the text, finalized the supporting data and compiled pages of required attachments. If you've been attentive -- and lucky -- enough to finish your proposal with time to spare, how might you make your document stand out above the pack?One in a pack is exactly what your proposal becomes once it hits the mailroom of most foundations. Put yourself in the shoes of a program officer at a foundation that is listed in one or more of the national directories.

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