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How to Write a Capacity-Building Grant Proposal...

A capacity-building grant is a specific type of award meant to strengthen an organization’s internal systems and thereby increase its effectiveness. The focus is on building the ability of an organization to vigorously and successfully pursue its mission.  “There are two structural differences between a capacity-building proposal and a proposal for a program that will […]

GivingTuesday Seeks Applicants For Micro Grants...

GivingTuesday will commit $250,000 in micro grants toward coaching and peer learning for leaders worldwide as part of its new Starling Collective to spur implementation of new ideas and grassroots action. Applications for the first cohort of participants opens today and will be accepted through Sept. 1. Participants will be announced in early October. The […]

Nonprofit Survival Tactics...

It was reported on The NonProfit Times’ website on June 15 that that one-third of charities “believe they will have to shut down within the next 12 months.” Canceled events, curtailed government funding, and forced closure of business sponsors  have left many organizations underwater. And with millions of people out of work, individual donations are […]

Stay On Track With Grant Implementation...

Staff starts getting a lot of tasks once a grant is awarded. “Too often organizations look around after six months and find that program implementation is off track,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “If you want to stay on track, don’t start running. Get organized.” The proposal, […]

Open Society To Grant $220 Million To Black-Led Nonprofits...

The George Soros-backed Open Society Foundations will distribute $220 million to organizations and leaders in Black communities, including $150 million through a set of five-year grants to Black-led justice organizations that “helped to create and now sustain the momentum” toward racial equity. “It is inspiring and powerful to experience this transformational moment in the racial […]

Results-Oriented Accountability For Federal Grants...

Take a walk back a few years. The U.S. Congress passed in 1993 the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) that requires federal agencies to adopt multi-year strategic plans that include the outcomes they expect to accomplish. In 2010, Congress passed the GPRA Modernization Act aimed at creating a fact-based, decision-making framework for program implementation, […]

AWS Opens Imagine Grants Applications...

Applications open today for the 2020 Imagine Grant Program, a public grant opportunity from Amazon Web Services (AWS) for nonprofits that use cloud technology to achieve their mission. Proposals are due by Sept. 30. AWS Imagine Grants provide resources to nonprofits to deploy cloud technology as a central tool in achieving mission goals. AWS seeks […]

It’s Not All About The Pandemic...

In this altered world we share there’s no business as usual, only cascading uncertainties and daily workarounds as we figure out how to offer services while also keeping people safe. In this house of mirrors, grant professionals are confronted with their own set of challenges. How can you propose a solid program plan when it’s […]

Navigating Pop-Up Crisis Funding Opportunities...

When numerous crisis-response funding opportunities become available quickly and several offer support for similar activities, sorting out what to request from which grantmaker can be confusing.  “In a fast-moving, multi-faceted crisis it’s essential to be as organized as possible in connecting community needs to pop-up funding opportunities,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in […]

When Crisis Blows Apart Your Grants Proposal Calendar...

Top grant professionals collaborate with administrators to hammer out an annual proposal development calendar that reflects the nonprofit’s strategic plan and provides a roadmap for what needs to be done when. But what happens when a crisis blows apart that well-considered strategy? Lightning-strike events effect every area of an organization’s work and quickly reorder priorities. […]