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Grant Writing - 12 Steps to Winning Proposals


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Come learn about 12 winning and easy steps to ensure you are putting your best program information in front of funding organizations. This seminar is the true "reality check" you need before starting …

Come learn about 12 winning and easy steps to ensure you are putting your best program information in front of funding organizations. This seminar is the true "reality check" you need before starting to explore grants for your program.

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  • 1. #NAFNext2014
  • 3. What is your elevator speech? Can you explain the program both concisely and in detail for the proposal? Do you fully understand the program needs and feel passionate about it? If you do not understand it, you cannot write about it. STEP ONE: KNOWLEDGE AND PASSION #NAFNext2014
  • 4. Is your request for funding the entire budget, or just one portion of the budget for a specific program? Can you explain how the program fits into the overall budget? Do you understand the program budget and how the funds specifically being requested will be spent? Questions may be asked later, and accountability for what you have written is crucial. STEP TWO: KNOW THE BUDGET #NAFNext2014
  • 5. Be Honest Does the program fall under the mission of your organization? Do you believe it is worthy of funding? Is your Board 100% in support of this request? STEP THREE: MISSION? WHAT MISSION #NAFNext2014
  • 6. Grant Research Tools The Foundation Center On-line: The Grantsmanship Center – Funding by State STEP FOUR: RESEARCH & MORE RESEARCH #NAFNext2014
  • 7. STEP FIVE: MAKING CONTACT #NAFNext2014 Take the time to make contact Making a phone call, requesting a face to face meeting can save you time in the long run
  • 8. When writing your grant put yourself in the shoes of someone who knows absolutely nothing about your organization. Don’t assume they know anything about you! Don’t use acronyms or abbreviations Have one to two others review your grant before submitting Be careful with cut and paste on several different applications STEP SIX: WRITING #NAFNext2014
  • 9. Review the submission guidelines several times. Some submissions are on-line, some may want a program summary written on one page, single spaced, etc. Include all items the funder is requesting – if you don’t have what they want – call them! Avoid submitting at the final hour – I guarantee your work will look rushed STEP SEVEN: GRANT GUIDELINES & DEADLINES #NAFNext2014
  • 10. Be Patient but not Complacent While waiting for an answer keep posting on social media and doing PR submissions about all of your good work. The guidelines will usually give a timeline – if the notification period has passed it is perfectly fine to call and inquire about the status of your request STEP EIGHT: COMMUNICATION WHILE WAITING #NAFNext2014
  • 11. What type of NO was it – can it be a YES later? STEP NINE: WHAT IF IT IS A “NO” #NAFNext2014
  • 12. Thank you letter on organization stationery should go out within 48 hours of the receipt/notification of the grant. Use Social Media to thank them - list them on your website (check to make sure this is Ok with them first!) Submit Press Releases to the local media Send a thank you letter signed by the students with an enclosed picture. Make sure your Board and staff are aware of the grant STEP TEN: THANK YOU & ACKNOWLEDGE #NAFNext2014
  • 13. Read the Contract Are there reports due? Get them on your calendar right away. If they don’t ask for reports, submit one anyway Regular communication binds donors more closely to your organization and can lead to additional financial support STEP ELEVEN: REPORTS & MORE REPORTS! #NAFNext2014
  • 14. Even after the grant award has been spent and the final report sent • Keep them on your mailing list • Send them e-newsletters • Invite them to your events The next check could be bigger!! STEP TWELVE: KEEP THEM IN THE FAMILY #NAFNext2014
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  • 17. #NAFNext2014 Contact Information: Lisa Paulson Maui Hotel & Lodging Association Phone: 808-244-8625 E-mail: Thank you for sharing your afternoon with me!