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Seminar Grant Writing

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This is a presentation that Mike McDowell and myself put together for a seminar class my senior year.

This is a presentation that Mike McDowell and myself put together for a seminar class my senior year.

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  • 1. Grant Writing
    Dan Hager & Mike McDowell
  • 2. What is a grant?
    In general, a grant is funding provided by a charitable-giving foundation, public charity, or a government agency to a nonprofit organization.
    It is expected with this funding that the nonprofit organization will perform specified activities for the common good.
    May also come from corporate giving programs or nonprofit intermediaries.
    Smith, Nancy B., and E G. Works. The Complete Book of Grant Writing. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006. N. pag. Print.
  • 3. Who qualifies for grants?
    Government Organizations
    Education Organizations
    Nonprofit Organizations
    For-profit organizations (other than small business)
    Small Businesses
    Individuals
    http://www.grants.gov/aboutgrants/eligibility.jsp
  • 4. Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
    When a government issues a new contract or grant program, it sends out RFPs to agencies that it believes may be qualified to participate.
    An RFP lists project specifications and application procedures.
    While a few foundations occasionally use RFPs in specific fields, most prefer to consider proposals that are initiated by applicants.
    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-request-for-proposal-rfp.htm
  • 5. Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
    RFPs change in structure from one situation to another.
    Each proposal will require you to meet different goals and objectives depending on what grant you’re applying for.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Request_for_proposal
  • 6. Reading and Analyzing RFPs
    Key items to look for in an RFP before developing a proposal
    Eligibility criteria
    Project purpose
    Deadline
    Number of grants available
    Funding limits
    Smith, Nancy B., and E G. Works. The Complete Book of Grant Writing. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006. N. pag. Print.
  • 7. Federal Register
    Departments within the federal government determine priorities for domestic programs it wants to launch.
    Departments then publish those programs in the federal register in anticipation of funding the annual budget.
    Essentially a catalog of federal grants that organizations are able to apply for.
    http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp
  • 8. State Grants
    State Governments make funding available for certain projects they deem important to the growth of the community.
    Depending on what the state sees as a need, they will provide funding towards certain interests.
    Example: California
    Energy Innovations
    Alcohol and Drug programs
    Developmental Disabilities
    Waste Management
    http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp
  • 9. Before you write…
    Gather information
    Outline the grant proposal
    Develop a schedule
    Request letters of support
    Write a first draft
    Meet with a design team; review draft
    Recruit an outside reader
    Smith, Nancy B., and E G. Works. The Complete Book of Grant Writing. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006. N. pag. Print.
  • 10. Before you write…
    Complete the final edits
    Complete all forms
    Put the grant proposal packet together
    Deliver the grant
    Smith, Nancy B., and E G. Works. The Complete Book of Grant Writing. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006. N. pag. Print.
  • 11. 5 Components of Every Grant Proposal
    An abstract or executive summary
    The statement of need or problem
    The project description
    An evaluation plan
    A budget
    Smith, Nancy B., and E G. Works. The Complete Book of Grant Writing. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006. N. pag. Print.
  • 12. The Grantwriting Craft
    Explain acronyms and terms
    Use the active voice
    First or third person?
    Speak with Authority
    Use “will” not “would”
    Be politically correct
    Check spelling, grammar, and punctuation
    Smith, Nancy B., and E G. Works. The Complete Book of Grant Writing. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006. N. pag. Print.
  • 13. While You Wait
    Due Diligence is done by the grantmakers to investigate the applicant organizations qualifications to receive the grant.
    Things they look for
    Organizational stabilityand sustainability
    Track record
    Partners
    Program
    Smith, Nancy B., and E G. Works. The Complete Book of Grant Writing. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006. N. pag. Print.
  • 14. While You Wait
    Be prepared for site visits from foundation grant officers.
    Preparation
    Following Up
    Reporting progress or setbacks
    Smith, Nancy B., and E G. Works. The Complete Book of Grant Writing. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006. N. pag. Print.
  • 15. You Got the Grant!
    Media releases are not necessary for all grants received, but for some you want you want the community to be aware.
    Create a press release to create a “buzz” within the community.
    Be gracious
    You got the grant, but…
    Challenge grants
    Progress Reports
    Smith, Nancy B., and E G. Works. The Complete Book of Grant Writing. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006. N. pag. Print.
  • 16. You Didn’t Receive the Grant
    No limit to how many times an organization/person may apply for a grant.
    It only takes one trustee to override the grant officer when denying a grant.
    Request Notes
    Smith, Nancy B., and E G. Works. The Complete Book of Grant Writing. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006. N. pag. Print.
  • 17. Activity
    You have been awarded a grant of $20,000 for a new playscape, but must follow the grant guidelines to be awarded the money. Use the RFP provided to determine which companies have met the specified criteria. (Required items in design)
    Community foundations (recreation departments) will usually send an RFP to all organizations who have done similar work for them in the past.