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PARTICIPANT SLIDES for the Montana Nonprofit Association 2013 annual conference

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    • Grant Writing 101: It’s more than just writing October 4, 2013 Laura Rhodes, CGW laura@thirdsectorconsulting.com 406.551.6200
    • Image credit: Dr. Seuss With grants,
    • Grants are the best way to get funding for my nonprofit.
    • Individuals $228.93 (72.39%) Corporations $18.15 (5.74%) Foundations $45.74 (14.46%) Bequests $23.41 (7.40%) Total = $316.23 billion Source: Giving USA
    • Source: Giving USA 81.9 83.1 81.7 79.7 77.1 75.8 76.0 72.3 7.3 6.6 6.4 7.5 8.9 8.6 7.6 8.2 6.6 5.5 6.1 7.3 8.4 10.8 11.7 14.4 4.2 4.8 5.8 5.5 5.6 4.8 4.7 5.1 1973-1977 1978-1982 1983-1987 1988-1992 1993-1997 1998-2002 2003-2007 2008-2012 Corporations Foundations Bequests Individuals
    • Source: Giving USA 81.9 83.1 81.7 79.7 77.1 75.8 76.0 72.3 7.3 6.6 6.4 7.5 8.9 8.6 7.6 8.2 6.6 5.5 6.1 7.3 8.4 10.8 11.7 14.4 4.2 4.8 5.8 5.5 5.6 4.8 4.7 5.1 1973-1977 1978-1982 1983-1987 1988-1992 1993-1997 1998-2002 2003-2007 2008-2012 Corporations Foundations Bequests Individuals
    • How does my nonprofit get this piece of the pie? Image credit: Steve McAllister/Getty Images http://business.time.com/
    • “Grant writing” is more than just writing. WRITING SUCCESSFUL GRANTS
    • Writing First Leg: Research Writing
    •  375 private foundations in Montana  483 foundations that fund Montana programs 295 foundations that accept applications $57,117,919 awarded to MT programs in 2011 Source: www.foundationcenter.org/findfunders/statistics
    • Only 29% of foundations report having a website. Source: Giving USA
    • 5% 291,707
    •  Does the funder accept applications?  Are you a 501(c)3?  What other funding do you already receive?  What geographic area you serve?  What is the funder’s field of interest?  What type of support you are seeking?  How much funding you are seeking?
    •  Readiness  Eligibility  Mission Fit  Funding Type  Funding Adequacy  Competition  Timeframe  Proposal Requirements  Matching Requirements  Reporting Requirements 10 reasons you might not apply for a grant
    • WRITING Second Leg: Writing
    •  Letter of Inquiry  Letter Proposal  Grant Proposal
    •  Cover Letter / Executive Summary  Problem Statement  Program / Project Description  Organizational Information  Budget  Conclusion  Attachments
    •  The worse, the better  Use and cite a variety of sources Median Household Income Children in Poverty United States $52,762 13% Montana $45,324 19% Roosevelt County $37,807 38% US Census County Health Rankings
    •  Cover Letter / Executive Summary  Problem Statement  Program / Project Description  Organizational Information  Budget  Conclusion  Attachments
    • GOALS are broad and visionary OBJECTIVES are ‘SMART’ TASKS (or ACTIVITIES) are the actions taken to achieve the objectives
    • OBJECTIVES are what you want OUTCOMES are what you’ll get
    • GOAL: To promote a healthy, active lifestyle to schoolchildren. OBJECTIVE: During the 2013-2014 school year, X children will participate in active play/games for Y minutes every day. OUTCOME: Both the height-weight and body fat percentages will improve for Z% of the children.
    •  Cover Letter / Executive Summary  Problem Statement  Program / Project Description  Organizational Information  Budget  Conclusion  Attachments
    •  Cover Letter / Executive Summary  Problem Statement  Program / Project Description  Organizational Information  Budget  Conclusion  Attachments
    •  Income and Expense  Personnel and Non-Personnel Expenses  Indirect and Direct Expenses  Organizational Budget and Project Budget  Line Item Budget and Budget Narrative
    • Year 1 Year 2 CONTRACT WAGES (includes hourly wage, plus 21% taxes and fringe) Custer Co. ($25/hr, 12 hrs/wk, 36 wks/yr, +21%) Includes outreach to Miles City, Kinsey & Kircher 13068 13068 Dawson Co. ($25/hr, 10 hrs/wk, 36 wks/yr, +21%) Includes outreach to Glendive and Richey 10890 10890 Richland Co. ($25/hr, 12 hrs/wk, 36 wks/yr, +21%) Includes outreach to Sidney, Fairview & Lambert 13068 13068 EQUIPMENT 3 iPads, 16GB with wi-fi and 3G @ $529 each For school nurses, acting as field enrollment specialists 1587 0
    •  Cover Letter / Executive Summary  Problem Statement  Program / Project Description  Organizational Information  Budget  Conclusion  Attachments
    •  Cover Letter / Executive Summary  Problem Statement  Program / Project Description  Organizational Information  Budget  Conclusion  Attachments
    •  501(c)3 letter  Audited or Reviewed Financial Statement/990  Annual Organizational Budget  Board Member Listing  Resumes or Job Descriptions of Key Personnel  Annual Report  Organizational Brochure  Newsletters or Newspaper Clippings  Letters of Support  Letters of Commitment
    •  Cover Letter / Executive Summary  Problem Statement  Program / Project Description  Organizational Information  Budget  Conclusion  Attachments
    •  Describe your funding requirements  Describe your organization and its expertise  State the problem  State your solution  Short conclusion EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Writing Third Leg: Review
    • Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. - Author Unknown
    •  Typographical errors  Grammar mistakes  Punctuation problems  Mathematical formulas  Formatting adherence
    •  Don’t wait until the last minute to submit!  Organize your writing sections and attachments EXACTLY as specified by the funder.  Paperclips only, unless otherwise instructed.  Make sure you are sending your proposal to the correct address AND the correct person. TIP: It’s okay to contact the foundation to confirm receipt
    •  Technical review  Program Officer may qualify your proposal  Proposal review  Recommendation for full funding, partial funding or no funding TIP: It’s okay to contact the foundation if you haven’t heard anything…and you think you should have
    •  Don’t take it personally.  Send a thank you anyway.  It’s okay to contact the program officer and ask for feedback.  Stay in touch – without making an ask.
    •  Call the program officer immediately to thank them.  Send a written thank you promptly.  Complete and return all required documents.  Share the news with your supporters and local constituents.  Do what you said you would in the proposal.
    • Feeling overwhelmed? I can help.
    • "It is so time consuming to research grants, and having Laura put together a full report on each prospect was extremely valuable to our organization." "As a small nonprofit, it would have taken us months to put a grant prospect report together. Laura got this to us within two weeks with more information than we asked for or expected." "Laura's work to help us identify foundations that may fund our work filled an important gap for us. She is professional, and her work is thorough and well researched. I have already recommended her to several other nonprofits, which speaks to my high opinion of her work and of her." What people say about Laura & Third Sector’s Research Services
    • "We recently received a grant award for $18,000. Thanks again for your help in reviewing our proposal and making suggestions. You are part of the reason for our success!" "We appreciate Laura's expert advice and suggestions on grant proposals that we have submitted." "Laura's done great work for our organization and I'd hire her for additional work in a second." "Her attention to detail is second to none!" What people say about Laura & Third Sector’s Review Services
    • Recommended Reading
    • guaranteed!) And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent In the words of Dr. Seuss…
    • Laura Rhodes, CGW laura@thirdsectorconsulting.com 406.551.6200 www.thirdsectorconsulting.com www.facebook.com/thirdsector www.twitter.com/thirdsector www.linkedin.com/in/thirdsectorconsulting www.slideshare.net/thirdsector