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Grants can support the changing needs in your community while your budget is flat or shrinking and provide many benefits (in addition to funding!). Wish you knew more about applying for grants? Does it seem overwhelming and you wonder how to get started? This webinar will be easy to understand, motivating, and full of valuable tips.

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Presentation winning grants

  1. 1. Winning Grants December 9, 2010 Audio is only available by calling this number: Conference Call: 866-740-1260; Access Code: 6339392 Sponsored by
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  3. 3. You are being recorded… <ul><li>Streaming into Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>This seminar will be available on the TechSoup website along with past webinar presentations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You will receive a link to this presentation, material and links. </li></ul><ul><li>After the webinar, you can ask follow-up questions in our Community Forum: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter hashtags: #techsoup </li></ul>
  4. 4. Winning Grants Presenters: Stephanie Gerding, Kami Griffiths Sponsored by
  5. 5. We are working toward a time when every nonprofit and social benefit organization on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential.
  6. 7. Today’s Speakers Kami Griffiths TechSoup Global Stephanie Gerding TechSoup for Libraries Independent Library Consultant Assisting with chat questions: Sarah Washburn & Catherine Hurd, TechSoup Global
  7. 8. <ul><li>apply the basic process of grant work; </li></ul><ul><li>develop grant projects based on community needs and planning; </li></ul><ul><li>identify the types of funders </li></ul><ul><li>learn about free resources for finding funding opportunities and valuable discounted software products to aid your grant work, including GrantStation . </li></ul><ul><li>be excited & motivated about grant work! </li></ul>Ground We Will Cover You will learn how to: What are you hoping to get out of today’s discussion?
  8. 9. New to grant work? <ul><li>Grant work involves four things you probably have experience with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>finding information, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>answering questions, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>serving the community, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>building relationships. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Have you written a grant proposal?
  10. 11. It’s all about the people… not the money
  11. 12. Grant Cycle
  12. 13. Wishing, Dreaming, Hoping, Planning <ul><li>What are your 3 wishes? </li></ul><ul><li>Envision a better future -make the choices. </li></ul><ul><li>Who will be changed -how? </li></ul>“ A goal is a dream with a deadline.” -Napoleon Hill, early American author of personal success
  13. 14. <ul><li>Fundamentals of Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Elevator Speech </li></ul><ul><li>Use Volunteers! </li></ul><ul><li>Grant Coordinator </li></ul>Organizing the Grant Team
  14. 15. Grant Cycle
  15. 16. <ul><li>The fastest way to success is by planning. </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize needs & write it all down. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Grant Cycle
  17. 18. It’s About People… <ul><li>Grant project = the answer to a compelling issue that exists in your community. </li></ul><ul><li>How can you help solve this issue? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>literacy, job seeking skills, educational support, school drop-out rates, provide safe place, close digital divide, health issues </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Discovering and Designing the Grant Project <ul><li>Start with Strategic Plans and Needs Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Community Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Defining and Planning Possible Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals, Objectives, Activities and Outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation Plan </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Outcome Based Evaluation <ul><li>Outcome = Impact on end user </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Behavior </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attitude </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Condition/state </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Know where you started. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you spending resources on projects and programs that are making a difference? </li></ul>
  20. 21. What Makes a Good Project?
  21. 22. What Makes a Good Project? <ul><li>Addresses community needs </li></ul><ul><li>Offers something new, innovative, or creative </li></ul><ul><li>Offers a model that can be replicated </li></ul><ul><li>Maximizes your resources </li></ul><ul><li>Has tangible outcomes or products </li></ul><ul><li>Has a reasonable budget and realistic timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Includes community partners </li></ul><ul><li>Has SMART objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Has an evaluation plan that measures progress </li></ul><ul><li>Causes a change in behavior, attitude, skill, life condition or knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable </li></ul>
  22. 23. Success Stories
  23. 24. What target population did your grant project(s) serve?
  24. 25. Justifying Technology Needs <ul><li>Tie to your mission, goals and the people served </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A new model of community communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empowers and engages customers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves staff time - efficiency and productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solves universal problems/issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides disability access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows job training assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extends reach into the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Closes the digital divide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizes volunteer opportunities and information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specific technology functions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables data collection and measurement </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. Grant Cycle
  26. 27. <ul><ul><li>Government: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Federal ( </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>State </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foundations ( </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corporations and Businesses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clubs and Organizations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional and Trade Associations </li></ul></ul></ul>Categories of Grants
  27. 28. Resources for Finding Grants
  28. 29. Library Grants Blog <ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  29. 30. What grant sources and resources do you recommend?
  30. 31. Grant Cycle
  31. 32. Creating and Submitting the Winning Grant Proposal <ul><li>Telling the Story </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the Audience in Mind </li></ul><ul><li>It’s Easier the Second Time </li></ul><ul><li>Seek Feedback </li></ul>
  32. 33. Common Grant Components <ul><ul><li>Cover Letter, Title Sheet, Table of Contents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abstract/Summary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statement of Needs/Justification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Description </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline/Activities/Methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appendix </li></ul></ul>
  33. 34. Communicating with Funders
  34. 35. Grant Cycle
  35. 36. Implement, Evaluate, Continue <ul><li>Don’t give up! </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for reviewers’ comments </li></ul><ul><li>Strategize a new approach </li></ul><ul><li>Revise and edit </li></ul><ul><li>Try another source </li></ul><ul><li>CELEBRATE! </li></ul><ul><li>Then: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>thank the funder, stay in touch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tell appropriate officials/staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>send out a press release </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>begin activities (eval, hiring, buying) </li></ul></ul>
  36. 38. &quot;Please&quot; is the most important funding word, but there are others! Plan, prepare, and go for it! People Planning Priorities Purpose Pursuit Partnerships Passion Positivity Persuasion Precision Pitch Perseverance
  37. 39. If you don’t ask, you won’t get! <ul><li>“ I have tried raising money by asking for it, and by not asking for it. I always got more by asking for it.” </li></ul><ul><li>--Millard Fuller, founder, Habitat for Humanity </li></ul>Good Luck with Grants!
  38. 40. Questions? Submit your questions using the chat box.
  39. 41. Continue the Discussion… <ul><li>Additional questions can be answered by posting in in our Community Forum: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  40. 42. Fundraising Tools Available Through TechSoup <ul><li>BlackbaudNow with Matchfinder Starter fundraising package for nonprofits. Admin fee: $30 </li></ul><ul><li>DonorPerfect Subscription-based fundraising and donor management. Admin fee: $60 </li></ul><ul><li>eTapestry Web-based donor contact management and fundraising software. Admin fee: $60 </li></ul><ul><li>Telosa Exceed! Basic 3.0 Software for streamlining fundraising and donor management tasks Admin fee: $299 </li></ul><ul><li>GiftWorks Standard Donor desktop management solution. Admin fee: $25 </li></ul><ul><li>GrantStation Web-based grant research and grant seeking tools. Admin fee: $399 </li></ul><ul><li>NOZA Prospect Database Web-based database of charitable giving for grant research; Admin fee: $14 one week subscription/$680 one year subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Software4Nonprofits DONATION Donor management software for small to mid-sized organizations. Admin fee: $20 </li></ul>
  41. 43. Special GrantStation offer for Libraries <ul><li>Libraries can offer access to GrantStation as one of their searchable databases for Patrons at a very inexpensive rate. </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries can provide GrantStation with their IP address(es) so each computer in their library has access to the GrantStation website. </li></ul><ul><li>GrantStation provides Quick Reference Cards for the Reference Desk so when Patrons ask for assistance it can be provided quickly and easily. </li></ul>
  42. 44. Thank you to our Webinar Sponsor! ReadyTalk offers dedicated product demos for TechSoup organizations 4 times per week. For more information:
  43. 45. Thank you! Please complete the post event survey! Kami Griffiths,, 415-633-9392