Researching Grants

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This presentation, which is given at the library several times per year, overviews some great online resources for first-time grantwriters and nonprofit managers.

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Researching Grants

  1. 1. Researching Grants for the First Time Grantwriter Presented by Gary Sharp & Buzzy Nielsen February 24th, 2010 This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution United States license. For more information, visit http://www.creativecommons.org. A member of
  2. 2. Grants are stories Image source: "book" by Steve Mishos <http://flickr.com/photos/flyzipper/342012313/>
  3. 3. Telling your story Starting your tale Finding listeners Storytelling is a process
  4. 4. A registered 501(c)(3) Oriented toward sustainability Serving a distinct need in your community Willing to collaborate and fundraise locally Starting your tale Who you (hopefully) are
  5. 5. What need are you fulfilling? What type of project are you doing? When do you need the funding? Who are you serving? Where is your project? How much do you need? Starting your tale The elements of your project
  6. 6. What need are you fulfilling? Environment Public safety Arts & culture Starting your tale Image sources (L to R): North Bend Fire Department | South Slough National The elements of your project Estuarine Research Reserve | “Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon” by Cafe Guerbois on Flickr
  7. 7. Homeless Who are you serving? Children & families Starting your tale Rural communities Image sources (L to R): The elements of your project Lou Sennick, The World | “Cold” by Misserion on Flickr | Coos County Fair and Rodeo
  8. 8. Statewide? County-wide? Specific community? Who are you serving? Where is your project? Starting your tale The elements of your project
  9. 9. What type of project are you doing? Capital projects Endowments Program support Starting your tale Image sources (L to R): The elements of your project North Bend Public Library | Oregon Coast Community Action | Jefferson Public Radio
  10. 10. How much does the oragnization usually give? When are applications for funding due? What process do they use When do you need to decide on funding? the funding? Is a pre-application or letter of interest required? How much do you need? Starting your tale The elements of your project
  11. 11. Books Starting your tale Resources to help you Image source: Lin Pernille Photography on Flickr
  12. 12. Books at NBPL  The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing (5th ed.) by Jane C. Geever, c2009. Call #658.15224 FOUNDATION  Getting Funded: A Complete Guide to Proposal Writing (4th ed.) by Mary Hall, c2003. Call #658.1522 HALL  Grant Writing for Dummies (3rd ed.) by Beverly A. Browning, c2009. Call #658.15224 BROWNING  The “How To” Grants Manual: Successful Grantseeking Techniques for Obtaining Public and Private Grants (5th ed.) by David G. Bauer, c2003. Call #658.15524 BAUER  Writing Grant Proposals That Win edited by Deborah Ward, c2006.Call #658.15224 WRITING  The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing by Waddy Thompson, c2003. Call #658.15224 THOMPSON Starting your tale Resources to help you
  13. 13. The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals Sample budgets Starting your tale Resources to help you
  14. 14. The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals Sample letters of inquiry Starting your tale Resources to help you
  15. 15. Getting Funded: A Complete Guide to Proposal Writing Details on funding sources Starting your tale Resources to help you
  16. 16. Getting Funded: A Complete Guide to Proposal Writing Application checklists Starting your tale Resources to help you
  17. 17. Getting Funded: A Complete Guide to Proposal Writing Diagrams and procedures to help you through the application process. Starting your tale Resources to help you
  18. 18. Foundation Center http://www.foundationcenter.org  Basic online classes on grantwriting  Guides to online resources for grantseekers  Overviews of philanthropy, nonprofit management, and other topics. Starting your tale Resources to help you
  19. 19. Foundation Center Online courses Reference Guides Proposal Writing Online Training Starting your tale Resources to help you
  20. 20. Foundation Center Online courses Registering on the site gives you access to some free online courses on various grant and nonprofit topics. Starting your tale Resources to help you
  21. 21. Foundation Center Online courses Starting your tale Resources to help you
  22. 22. What need are you fulfilling? What type of project are you doing? When do you need the funding? Who are you serving? Where is your project? How much do you need? Telling your story The elements of your project
  23. 23. American Factfinder http://factfinder.census.gov  Demographic profiles of incorporated communities  Information on economics and housing  Detailed Census data Telling your story Demographics
  24. 24. American Factfinder Overview Telling your story Demographics
  25. 25. American Factfinder Community profiles The profile includes statistics on: ● General demographics ● Social characteristics ● The economy ● Housing Telling your story Demographics
  26. 26. American Factfinder Community profiles Telling your story Demographics
  27. 27. Oregon Labor Market Information System http://www.qualityinfo.org Telling your story The economy
  28. 28. Oregon Labor Market Information System Telling your story The economy
  29. 29. GuideStar http://www.guidestar.org  Information about various nonprofit organizations  The ability to search for nonprofits in your area  Tax & financial data (990 forms) from various organizations Telling your story The nonprofit environment
  30. 30. GuideStar Overview GuideStar lets you search for specific nonprofits or find nonprofits that work on specific topics. Telling your story The nonprofit environment
  31. 31. GuideStar Search results Clicking the name of the organization will give you more detailed information about the nonprofit in which you're interested. Telling your story The nonprofit environment
  32. 32. GuideStar Nonprofit profiles Telling your story The nonprofit environment
  33. 33. Foundations Government Community groups Businesses Community members Finding listeners Funding sources
  34. 34. Foundations Finding listeners Funding sources
  35. 35. Foundations Government Finding listeners Funding sources
  36. 36. Government Community groups Finding listeners Funding sources
  37. 37. Oregon Foundation Databook Available in all Coos County libraries  Profiles of hundreds of Oregon foundations.  Indexes to search by areas of interest, types of grant projects, and other factors.  Sample grants for each foundation. Finding listeners Oregon foundations
  38. 38. Oregon Foundation Databook Sample entry: Meyer Memorial Trust Finding listeners Oregon foundations
  39. 39. Oregon Foundation Databook Sample entry: Meyer Memorial Trust Basic info: Address, contact info, etc. Finding listeners Oregon foundations
  40. 40. Oregon Foundation Databook Sample entry: Meyer Memorial Trust Mission & focus: Purpose, geographic focus, restrictions, areas of interest. Finding listeners Oregon foundations
  41. 41. Oregon Foundation Databook Sample entry: Meyer Memorial Trust Finances: Assets, grant amounts, distribution of Finding listeners grants given. Oregon foundations
  42. 42. Oregon Foundation Databook Sample entry: Meyer Memorial Trust Recently awarded grants. Finding listeners Oregon foundations
  43. 43. Oregon Foundation Databook Indexes and other tools Category index Geographic distribution of grants Deadline calendar Finding listeners Oregon foundations
  44. 44. Oregon Foundation Databook Indexes and other tools Finding listeners Oregon foundations
  45. 45. Foundation Grants to Individuals Available at the North Bend Public Library Finding listeners Grants for individuals
  46. 46. Foundation Directory Online http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/ (only available in Library)  Profiles of thousands of foundations around the country.  Database allowing grantseekers to search by geography, areas of interest, and other factors.  Up-to-date contact information for many foundations. Finding listeners National foundations
  47. 47. Foundation Directory Online Getting started Click here to search for foundations. Finding listeners National foundations
  48. 48. Foundation Directory Online Searching for funders Finding listeners National foundations
  49. 49. Foundation Directory Online Indexes Finding listeners National foundations
  50. 50. Foundation Directory Online Types of support Searching by this factor allow you to find foundations that support endowments, capital campaigns, operating expenses, etc. Finding listeners National foundations
  51. 51. Foundation Directory Online Your results Results can be sorted in a wide variety of ways, saved, and even exported into a spreadsheet program to help you keep track of applications. Finding listeners National foundations
  52. 52. Foundation Directory Online Foundation profiles Finding listeners National foundations
  53. 53. Foundation Directory Online Foundation profiles Finding listeners National foundations
  54. 54. Foundation Directory Online Accessing FDO Come into the Library and and we can connect you to this great resource! Finding listeners National foundations
  55. 55. Grants.gov http://grants.gov  Access to thousands of federal grant opportunities  Online applications for grants Finding listeners Government grants
  56. 56. Grants.gov Overview Finding listeners Government grants
  57. 57. Grants.gov Searching for grants Federal grant opportunities general have standardized numbers assigned to them. You can use these numbers to find the grants on Grants.gov. Finding listeners Government grants
  58. 58. Grants.gov Searching for grants Finding listeners Government grants
  59. 59. Grants.gov Search results Finding listeners Government grants
  60. 60. Grants.gov Grant notices Finding listeners Government grants
  61. 61. http://www.slideshare.net/nbpl/researching-grants This is presentation online!
  62. 62. Questions?

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