Original author: Helen Siukola Jancich, Clinical Associate Professor Purdue University Calumet Modified by: Anastasia Trekles, Clinical Associate Professor Purdue University Calumet
Every year, the federal and state governments give out millions of dollars in grants to all types of organizations. Grant writing is a skill anyone can learn, and having good written communication skills in general is key. Grant Writing skills are essential to the survival of many businesses and schools. Grant writers are in high demand.
Instructional technology tools to enhance grant writing ◦ Internet – find grants ◦ Word – write grants ◦ Excel – develop budget ◦ Inspiration – concept map to plan proposal and presentation ◦ PowerPoint – present grant ◦ Social networking – connect with grant writers, partners, and foundational resources ◦ Digital images – enhance applications
Private Foundations ◦ Required to distribute at least 5% of their total assets each year to maintain tax exempt status. Federal Programs ◦ Every year the government gives a great deal in grants; find out what’s available at http://www.grants.gov/ at any time State Programs ◦ Every state is a major source of financial aid assistance to small business and education programs.
Personal need grants ◦ Each year, millions of people receive FREE grants for a wide variety of personal needs. Business grants ◦ Each year, over one million people receive FREE grants to start a new business or expand an existing one. Education grants ◦ Each year, over six million people receive FREE grants to attend college, and K-16 schools are awarded funds for research and development.
Identify needs Identify grant makers Cultivate grant makers Develop grant request Account for use of grant money
Identify short and long term needs for your school or community Prioritize needs/projects Match to interests and missions of grant makers
Research, research, research to find the foundations and agencies that offer grants related to your needs and project idea This type of research is a good activity for volunteer or student intern Keep notes and files, including those you eliminate from consideration and why
Cultivate = Educate Educate before you ask Grant request may initially be the tool for educating Plan acknowledgements and follow up Look for ways to get your project’s ideas and name before the foundation
Accounts for 10-15% time Follow specific guidelines and requirements of each grant maker Invest time in developing materials you will use again
Develop procedures to assure spending as budgeted Monitor progress against grant proposal Keep lines of communication open with foundations Good cultivation technique
Government Foundations Federal Operating State Community Local Independent Corporate Visit Public Charity http://www.grants.gov / to identify federal grant programs and see a sample grant application.
Office of Grants Management: http://www.doe.in.gov/idoe/grants- management Corporations eligible through Title IID Award Size varies depending on year and program In some grants, a minimum of 25% of funds must be spent on professional development, so plan accordingly
Serves a geographic area and administers pools of money Is there a community foundation in your community?www.foundationcenter.org
Most are “family foundations.” May be administered by individuals or trust officers. May be linked to businesses, but represent private giving.
Are established by See corporations to give http://www.grants % of net profits. pace.org/Tools/Kn Giving is affected owledge- by profit, location Base/Funding- and employee Resources/Corpora interest. tions/Corporate- Some giving is in- foundations-vs- kind. giving-programs Prefer to support for more one-time projects. information
Examples:AIDS Task Force of LaPorte & Porter Counties (Merrillville) Local Arts Councils
Visit Helen’s website for links to grant opportunities, writing tips, and other related information: http://education.purduecal.edu/Faculty/jancich/gr ants.htm Visit Glenda O’Neal’s website for some additional resources and a great deal of further help with grant writing: http://grant-writing-proposals.com/ Buy Glenda’s no-nonsense textbook, Let’s Write a Grant, at http://www.letswriteagrant.com/
◦ Where you have relationships and good connections◦ Located nearby◦ Known to fund similar programs in your area
If your proposal is not accepted, resubmit 2 more times.
Thanks to Glenda O’Neal for allowing me to adapt her PowerPoint and for sharing her excellent book, Let’s Write a Grant, as a resource. Much success as you collaborate with your critical friend to begin the grant writing process. Please feel free to contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Staci at email@example.com for additional resources, insights, questions, and more.