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Research Matters If You Expect To Win Award...

Successful grant proposals include documentation to support the case for funding, and it’s usually the grants professional who burrows into research, evaluation reports, news stories, websites, and journals to unearth what’s needed. “Grants people are ad hoc researchers,” said Barbara Floersch. “When someone has worked on numerous proposals in one issue area they often have […]

You’re Eligible to Apply, But Are You Eligible to Win an Award?...

Eligibility is the number one factor in go- no-go decisions about applying for federal grants. Determining eligibility to enter a competition is straightforward. In Grants.gov you can search funding opportunities by eligibility category (i.e., nonprofit, city or township government, for profit, etc.), and funding guidelines detail eligibility requirements for entering a competition. If you have […]

Valuing In-Kind Support in the Grant Budget...

Grants rarely provide all resources needed to operate a program. The applicant organization generally provides additional support and partner organizations and community members usually supply a variety of donated goods and services.  “When reviewing grant proposals, funders want to see the full financial picture,” said Barbara Floersch, grant expert and author of the new book […]

Social Good Money Market To Help Fund Education...

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) will receive an annual contribution from a government money market fund designed for investors “seeking to further positive social outcomes through their cash management.” TMCF will receive an annual contribution of at least 5% of net revenue from BlackRock’s management fee for the BlackRock Liquid Federal Trust Fund (BLFT). […]

The Business of Nonprofit Governance...

Too often a nonprofit’s board members are relegated to a secondary role – help raise some money, add name value to the letterhead, conduct an obligatory meeting now and then. They generally approve of what the nonprofit is doing and hope that things will go forward as planned. “Hope is not a strategy,” said Lisa […]

Stretching Your Grant Budget with Volunteers...

It’s a typical dilemma — the project is crucial, but the price tag exceeds the maximum request the funder allows. None of the options for dealing with this quandary offer a smooth, all-air solution. Trying to piece the budget together through various grant proposals is a logistical nightmare.  Scaling back the project’s scope will erode […]

DEI in Grant Proposals: Tell Even If They Don’t Ask...

Using asset-based and strength-based language when discussing communities and challenges in grant proposals has long been a best practice. Proposals that smack of condescension or “do it to them, not with them” approaches undercut an organization’s credibility and sour reviewers. “But strength-based language is too often a technique rather than a commitment,” according to Barbara […]

Collaboration and Collective Impact...

No one organization has the expertise or capacity to effectively tackle complex community problems or significantly improve the quality of life in an historically under-resourced area. That’s why collaboration is such an integral element in social change. There are countless examples of partnerships, networks, and other joint efforts through which nonprofits pursue their missions. Authentic […]

Grant Proposal Language Requires New Thinking...

Much has been said about a shift in how organization describe the communities served. Instead of writing a classic “problem statement” detailing what is wrong, or missing, you should write instead about what’s right — what strengths a community already has that it can build on. This “asset-based” approach doesn’t deny that work needs to […]

Use LOUD Formatting To Win Federal Grants...

Federal guidelines include review criteria, and proposal writers organize grant applications into sections reflecting those criteria. While the criteria are critical, they’re likely to comprise only five pages of a 65-page instruction document. The other 60 pages include background information, philosophy, references to statutes, and definitions that must also be addressed.  “To be successful, you’ve […]