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Los Angeles Offers Grants For Cultural Events...

The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) offers grants to nonprofits and festival producers that provide free and/or low-cost cultural events. A nonprofit arts organization may propose an artistic project, in one primary art form or discipline (which is also the selection to the expertise of the review panel. A special category of arts […]

10 Elements Of Resilience And Grants Professionals...

Resiliency is somewhat like nirvana. We know it’s good. We all want it. But, many of us are not quite sure what it is exactly. “The word resiliency conjures up images of rubber bands and trampolines, and those aren’t bad metaphors for the idea,” said grants professional and consultant Barbara Floersch. “For me, it’s about […]

You Must Know The Meaning Of V.M.O.S.T....

The origin probably predates Rakesh Sondhi’s Total Strategy, but a VMOST analysis is still a useful way of figuring out what you want to accomplish and the plans of how to go about it. Assumptions are sand traps when it comes to planning and submitting proposals.  According to Cathleen Kiritz at the Grantsmanship Center in […]

Standing On Some Pretty Good Shoulders...

It is easy to get swallowed up by the day-to-day challenges of funding, managing, evaluating, directing and refreshing a contemporary nonprofit organization. Those whose work is dedicated to helping others might take a moment to help themselves with reminders of the tradition they serve.  Master Kong, or (as he came to be called) Confucius, offers […]

Your Stakeholders, Defined...

There is widespread agreement that a proposal for a grant carries with it the aspirations and expectations of a lot of different people. The current shorthand is “stakeholders,” but sometimes they are referred to without thinking about who they really are. Here’s a glimpse at the universe of stakeholders in a hypothetical proposal to train […]

Rebranded Aunt Jemima Maker Creates Black Female Empowerment Grants...

Pearl Milling Company, Chicago, which produces pancake mixes and syrups previously marketed under the Aunt Jemima brand, has launched the P.E.A.R.L. Pledge, a community funding initiative. P.E.A.R.L. Pledge is a multi-year program that will support the success of Black women and girls across the United States. The move is an extension of parent company PepsiCo’s […]

Should You Hire a Proposal Writer?...

First things first: Let’s experiment with letting go of the term “grant writer.” The right name should be “proposal writer” because the person is writing a request for a grant, not writing the grant itself. That correction might be a paradigm shift for some, but for purposes of these notes, we’ll do it right. Some […]

Writing the Proposal, The Hourglass Method...

You’ve submitted a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and been invited to follow up with a full proposal. Now it’s time to actually write the thing. Here’s a system for making sure that your proposal is inclusive, accurate and compelling. It takes a little time but it’s worth it. Start with a call for input from […]

Grants: Wait. What Is That Word?...

It’s tempting to slip into “specialized terminology” when we’re writing to potential funders from deep inside your own work. Writers who forget fluid communication is key to success can develop a nasty case of jargonitis. Your proposals and your organization are better served when you force yourself to be clear and precise. Find more inclusive […]

When Less Might Be More...

Great writers agree. It’s harder to write short than write long. Mark Twain said: “A two-hour presentation, I am ready today. . . A five-minute speech will take two weeks to prepare.” Thoreau said: “Not that the story needs be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”  Just because a […]