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5 Ideas For Taming Federal Red Tape

May 22, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       [post_view]       0

Before you can manage government grants successfully, you’ve got to untangle a snarl of red tape. For example, when a grant from state or local government is funded with dollars passed down from the feds, both state and federal requirements apply.

4 Steps For Outcomes For Prevention Programs

May 15, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       [post_view]       0

Grants are social investments that are intended to produce positive change. Defining intended change is easier for some types of programs than others. “If you’re working to improve the health of diabetics, the proposed outcome may be a specific degree of decrease in blood sugar levels of participants,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “But grantseekers often get confused when developing outcomes for programs that are intended to stop something from happening in the first place.”

Good Management: What’s it Take?

May 8, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       [post_view]       0

After the euphoria of receiving the grant award fades, the hundreds of grant management to-dos jockey for priority attention. “Organizations that have the basics of solid grant management in place might feel stretched, but they’ll be fine,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “But when the basics aren’t covered, the situation can easily spin out of control.”

Using Data And What Not To Do

April 26, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       [post_view]       0
    Strong grant proposals use relevant data to support the request for funding. “You can spot an experienced grantseeker by how artfully they use data,” said Barbara Floersch, Executive Director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “The successful grant professionals I know are obsessed with data.” Here are a few dos and don’ts for competing with the pros.

You’re Not a “Grant Writer”

April 10, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       [post_view]       0

“The terms grantwriter and grantwriting are ubiquitous,” according to Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “But they’re not right.”

Grantmakers are Partners

April 9, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       [post_view]       0

Grant awards made by funders are meant to produce specific changes. Whether the funder is a private foundation or a government agency, it uses grant awards as a tool to address issues about which it is concerned.

New Multiple Steps For Federal Grants

April 2, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       [post_view]       0

The field of grant development is dynamic. “The basic elements of a strong proposal don’t change, but the environment in which funding decisions are made is in constant flux,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “The trends below remain current. Although not new, they point towards grantseeking realities we’ll be contending with over the coming year.

4 Assignments Someone Must Cover

March 27, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       [post_view]       0

The ubiquitous use of “we will” in grant proposals paves the way for grant-management nightmares. “When the grant proposal does not assign tasks to specific positions, those tasks usually fall by the wayside when the intense work of program start-up gets underway,” according to Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Get Ready to Compete for Federal Grants

March 26, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       [post_view]       0

An organization doesn’t have to be large to receive a federal grant award. Many small nonprofits benefit from direct federal grants, or from federal funding passed through to them by other, larger organizations. “An organization’s size isn’t the issue. It’s all about the ability to deliver what it promises and to manage the grant competently,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

To Win Funding, Get Solid Commitments

March 13, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       [post_view]       0

One organization can’t do everything, and go-it-alone grant proposals that don’t make good use of community networks and resources are not convincing. The most effective proposals include authentic collaborations where participating organizations pursue their own missions while also contributing to a common goal.