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Grant writing basics

  1. 1. Grant Writing Basics Lisa Neal Shaw
  2. 2. Grant-Writing vs Grant-Seeking <ul><li>Grant-Writing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic how-to for getting started </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General resources available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compare experiences with other writers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grant-Seeking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually offered by grantor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addresses specifics of an available grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant to individuals or organizations applying for that particular grant </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Goals for Workshop: <ul><ul><li>Brief overview of the grant-writing process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distinguish Foundation Grants from Federal Grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce and briefly tour the Library's Foundation Center Cooperating Grant Collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accept any questions and suggestions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assure participants that the Library is an ongoing and readily available partner for all grant-seeking and grant-writing needs </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. If you are applying for a grant, you are doing one of two things: <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) that has been posted by a Federal or Foundation grantor </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Submitting a request for funding to a philanthropic organization </li></ul>
  5. 5. In either case, the most important thing is to READ what the grantor supports and requests, to WRITE the information they request (no more and no less), and to check your ARITHMETIC on budget items and the deadline for when it is due.
  6. 6. <ul><li>For our purposes, we will focus on Foundation grants. Before you start, you'll want the following ready to go: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A basic word processing program  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A basic spreadsheet budget template </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tax identification/exemption information (e.g. Employer Identification Number [EIN], evidence of non-profit [501(c)3] status) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Writing Basics <ul><li>Be as specific as possible! Explain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What you need to make this project happen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How it will be carried out and with whom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where the events/programming/items will be held/housed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When the project will begin and how long it will last </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why you are doing it: which demographic or population will be served </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Measurable Outcomes: Think of this as the grantor's receipt for payment. What will they be getting for their money? </li></ul><ul><li>What will the grant have accomplished and how will you quantify that on the grantor's &quot;receipt&quot;? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Budget: AHH!!!! HOW?? <ul><li>Your grantor will list the parameters of how much they are willing to grant. Your job is to break down into categories what you will need and how much in each category. </li></ul><ul><li>If this seems daunting, don't start with a blank screen or spreadsheet ... </li></ul><ul><li>Grab a Schedule C form from or the library and use that as a sample template. Grantors have to justify how the money they grant is spent and used, so why not start with that end and work back? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Letters of Support <ul><li>Whether writing them for a partner who's grant-seeking or soliciting them for your own grant application, remember: </li></ul><ul><li>It's more than a business or personal reference; it's a stated intention to have some involvement with the project, whether through material or service contribution. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Let's Start Looking for Grants! <ul><li>For more information or help: </li></ul><ul><li>Lisa Neal Shaw </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(207) 764-2571 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Dun & Bradstreet: </li></ul><ul><li>IRS: </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation Center: </li></ul>