Grant Talk Molloy 2.10


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Basic overview of grantwriting techniques and strategies for fundraising novices

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Grant Talk Molloy 2.10

  1. 1. “Let’s Get a Grant!”<br />
  2. 2. Sources of Grants<br />Foundations<br />Non-profit with goal of making charitable gifts<br />More than 102,000 in the United States<br />
  3. 3. Where Can I Learn About a Foundation?<br />Internet<br />Google organizations like yours, foundations near you<br />Foundation Center<br />Foundation Finder<br />Subscription ($$)<br />Grant Guide – downloadable, PDF, affordable<br />
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  8. 8. Where Can I Learn About a Foundation?<br />Foundation’s Website<br />Form 990<br />Names of directors <br />Do they accept unsolicited requests?<br />Who have they supported?<br />How much do they have to give?<br />What size grants do they make?<br />
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  14. 14. Where Can I Learn About a Foundation?<br />The Foundation Center in NYC<br />E-mail through RFP online<br />Participating Collections<br />Other Material<br />Annual Reports<br />Journals<br />Newsletters<br />
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  18. 18. Play Matchmaker…Find Out More<br />Foundation Website<br />Call Them<br />Find a funder that fits your program rather than trying to fit your program to the funder<br />
  19. 19. Get it right when you write!<br /><ul><li>READ all instructions carefully</li></ul>Format – typewritten, pay attention to page restrictions, margins, number of copies<br />Electronic submission often required. Print out instructions first and compose off-line, then copy & paste<br />
  20. 20. Get it right when you write!<br /><ul><li>Collaborate – Important to work with colleagues to gather information on budgets, salaries, timeframes, outcome measurements
  21. 21. Proofread carefully – no sloppy typos
  22. 22. Ask an “outsider” to read your proposal – avoid jargon, technical terms, ambiguities</li></li></ul><li>Get it right when you write!<br /><ul><li>Watch the deadline!
  23. 23. After you send it off – take a minute to clean out your file, organize yourself for the next one. Then forget it.</li></li></ul><li>Standard Copy<br />3 Sentence Synopsis<br />25 Word Synopsis<br />2,000 Word Synopsis<br />Full Description<br />Mission Statement<br />Board Names & Affiliations<br />Tax & Charity ID Numbers<br />
  24. 24. What if you get the grant?<br />Grant seeking myth – it is our money now to do whatever we want!!!<br />Grants are INVESTMENTS, not GIFTS<br />Grantmakers now more than ever are looking for accountability<br />We must honor the proposal to the letter, or ask first if changes are necessary<br />Sometimes you have to give the money back<br />ACKNOWLEDGE, ACKNOWLEDGE, ACKNOWLEDGE<br />
  25. 25. Sources of Grants<br />Corporations and Corporate Foundations<br />Often similar to other charitable foundations<br />May be looking for more recognition or marketing opportunities<br />Start locally<br />Read business pubs, stay informed<br />
  26. 26. Sources of Grants<br />Government Grants<br />Federal – <br />Catalogue of federal domestic assistance<br /> – opportunities posting e-mail<br />US Dept of Labor<br />State<br />Website<br />Assembly Grants in Action News<br />Line Item Grants – follow political news, know when to approach elected officials and who to ask<br />
  27. 27. It is about relationships<br />So…Grantseeking is EXACTLY like other kinds of fundraising<br />Look for connections, acknowledge support<br />
  28. 28. Learn more<br />“The Art and Skills of the Grant Process” <br />AFP Certificate Program at Molloy<br />Foundation Center Grant Writing Course<br />
  29. 29. Thank you!<br />Theresa Jacobellis <br />Director, Public Affairs<br />Huntington Hospital<br />631.470.5207<br /><br />