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Grants: Is it Time For A Competitiveness Check Up?

November 15, 2018       The NonProfit Times       [post_view]       0

If your organization’s grant proposals seldom result in funding, it’s time for a check-up. Not every proposal will win an award because here are too many variables. But if you’re doing the work correctly, it’s reasonable to expect a good deal of success.

Don’t Pay Consultants A Percentage

December 10, 2018       The NonProfit Times       [post_view]       0

Inexperienced administrators are apt to think they can simply reach out to a grants consultant, have the consultant write-up a proposal, then pay the consultant with a percentage of the funding brought in by that work. They couldn’t be more wrong.

The Hierarchy of Guideline Terms

September 11, 2018       The NonProfit Times       [post_view]       0

Terms used by funders vary. There is no set of standard definitions. While this makes responding to application guidelines tricky, most people quickly learn to decipher the changeable lingo and go about the business of winning grants.

6 Grant Resolutions for the New Year

January 14, 2019       The NonProfit Times       [post_view]       0

It’s the time of year contemplation and resolutions. “While the tradition of New Year resolutions is generally focused on our personal lives, I suggest that we also establish a tradition of self-assessment and goal-setting in our work,” according to Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Ground Your Proposals in Hope

October 23, 2018       The NonProfit Times       [post_view]       0

Grant proposals often request funds to work on some of society’s toughest issues — poverty, hunger, homelessness, violence, pollution. When documenting the harm and hardship inflicted on their communities and proving the urgency of the need, grant professionals submerge themselves in a sea of depressing data that can be overwhelming.

The Right Grant for the Right Reason

November 27, 2018       Barbara Floersch       [post_view]       0

When your nonprofit is in dire need of general operating funds, a program-specific grant won’t ease the pain. “Just because you need money doesn’t mean you need a grant,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “And just because you need a grant, doesn’t mean you need any grant you can lay your hands on.”

Buyer Beware When Engaging a Consultant

September 10, 2018       The NonProfit Times       [post_view]       0

There are lots of good reasons for nonprofits to engage professional grants consultants to help them identify funders and prepare proposals. The grant development work load might be too heavy for staff alone. Staff could benefit from mentoring by a high-level professional. Contracting with a consultant might be more cost-effective than bringing on a new staff member.

Use The Strategic Plan To Prioritize Grant Development

November 6, 2018       The NonProfit Times       [post_view]       0

Most organizations have a long list of projects that are reasonable candidates for grant funding. But with limited time available, it’s easy for grant professionals to get lost in a prickly thicket of competing demands.

Lack Of A Program Is Not Grant Proposal Argument

December 18, 2018       The NonProfit Times       [post_view]       0

Accurately identifying the problem or need your organization wants to tackle is the single most important factor in developing a powerful grant proposal. “The problem or need is the situation that’s driving your organization to take action — it’s the reason you’re seeking grant funding,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “A proposal’s definition of the problem effects all components of the request and when it’s wrong, the entire proposal suffers.”

How to Tackle the Grant Budget

October 16, 2018       The NonProfit Times       [post_view]       0

The budget is a make-it-or-break-it component of a grant proposal and while a solid budget won’t win a grant award, sloppiness and inaccuracy in this arena will certainly lose it. “Some people love building budgets, and others find the work intimidating,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “But love it or hate it, if you’re charged with bringing in grant dollars you’ve got to do it well to develop winning proposals.” When it comes to budgets, here are six golden rules: