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California Approves Security Funding for Nonprofits...

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that provides security funding to nonprofit organizations at risk of hate-motivated violence. The maximum grant is $200,000 per institution. AB 1548, by state Assembly member Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley), establishes the state Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which is designed to improve the security of organizations at high risk […]

$10 Million Economic Opportunity Grant Challenge...

Lever for Change, an affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Ill., unveiled the Economic Opportunity Challenge, a competition for a $10 million grant to improve economic opportunity for low-income individuals within the United States.    Proposals must identify a specific barrier and offer a solution to overcome that barrier. Applications will be […]

Yes, Faith-based Orgs Are Eligible For Grants...

Faith-based organizations are often the boots-on-the-ground fighting pressing community problems such as homelessness, hunger, and substance abuse. But when raising money to support the work, they often overlook grants as a possible source of income. “There’s a common misperception that faith-based groups aren’t eligible to receive grants, but that’s simply not true,” said Barbara Floersch […]

Grants: Get Your Hands Dirty Quickly...

Planning a program can be exhilarating. In roughing out the fantastic activities your organization will put into place and the wonderful changes that will result, you get a 30,000-foot look at the program. It’s an inspirational view, but it’s vague.  “Once you’ve agreed on the general plan, strap on the parachute and dive down to […]

Sustaining Systems Change and Infrastructure...

Programs that improve infrastructure, systems, processes, or laws are a great investment of grant funding. Like a renewable energy source, once the improvements are in place, we expect them to deliver results long after the grant funding ends. “A new ordinance prohibiting recyclables in the landfill will yield benefits well beyond the two-year period it […]

Hammering Out the Case for Grant Support...

It’s the golden rule of grantseeking — follow guidelines to the letter. But to win more grants and generate substantive impact, Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif., urges you to step back, assess the problem you’re concerned about, and hammer out a case for support before responding to funder instructions.  “Funders […]

5 Ways To Proactively Manage Grants...

The best grant managers don’t sit, waiting anxiously for trouble to come knocking. They’re proactive. They’re a special sort of smoke detector, monitoring systems and watching quality indicators to sniff out emerging problems and address them before fire breaks out. According to Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum at The Grantsmanship Center in Los […]

Candid To Redirect In-Person Library Services...

Foundation Center and GuideStar merged earlier this year and rebranded as to become Candid. The organization’s Washington, D.C., office will continue to develop new training programs and convenings, but will be shifting the way it works, the organization announced. Candid’s two Washington, D.C. offices will consolidate. The office currently at 1627 K Street will relocate and will […]

5 Internal Controls For Grants Management...

Put yourself in the funder’s shoes — who would you choose to fund? These tough decisions are complex and include assessing an organization’s ability to deliver on the promises made in the grant proposal. Applicants must have the capacity to translate program plans into action, and the action into measurable results.  “Internal controls are safety-net […]

Grants Management: Before and After is Best...

Grants management is typically thought of as the tasks and responsibilities associated with spending and tracking grant funds, implementing and evaluating programs, and reporting. There’s more to it. “Those post-award activities are part and parcel of grants management,” said Barbara Floersch is chief of training and curriculum for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. […]