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Lived Experience Gaining Gravitas With Funders...

It’s a deceptively simple idea, really. The people who actually have an experience are the ones who can best talk about it and reveal its impact. In the worlds of grant-seeking and grant-making, it’s becoming more common for funders to emphasize the “lived experience” of applicants or grantees. But what does that mean, in practical […]

Be Alert and Adaptable For Most Impact...

Some grant proposals address single-issue problems with straightforward responses. For children who are reading below grade level, managers might propose a research-based tutoring program. In response to limited community transportation, leaders could propose expansion of its van fleet.  With uncomplicated programs, it’s not difficult to assess whether you’re implementing activities as planned and achieving the […]

Scaling Up Community Engagement in Grant-Funded Projects...

If your grant proposal touts deep community involvement in decision-making and service implementation, be sure the proposal’s project description, timeline, and budget back up that claim. Did the community contribute to defining the problem and designing the service approach? Will there be a community advisory council? Will community members be employed to staff the work?  […]

Use Disaggregated Data To Plan Grant Programs...

If your nonprofit focuses on improving student reading skills, and achievement levels in your area are well above state and national averages, you may be inclined to coast. Why rev up the work when 85% of students in your area are reading at grade level and simply maintaining the status quo will preserve your significant […]

7 Steps For Leading A Community-Change Grant Program...

As you confront the complexities of mission-driven community work, you’ll inevitably bump into other groups chipping away at some aspect of the issue you’re concerned about. For example, if you’re working to promote children’s academic success, you’re bound to interact with groups dealing with poverty, homelessness, mental health, and a range of other issues affecting […]

Please Allow Us To Introduce Ourselves...

Many funders only want to work with well-established nonprofits. What do you do if your organization is new” You’ve got all the pieces in place. You’ve identified the role your nonprofit can play in solving a community problem, but foundations don’t know you and your organization has no track record? Start with your genesis. New […]

Changing Past Best Practices In Grant Applications...

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,” said Barbara Floersch. […]

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 […]