January 23, 2017

As you research grant opportunities you’ll notice on many corporate foundations’ guidelines that they don’t fund “religious organizations”.  If your faith based organization has a 501c3 and you meet their other eligibility criteria, you can apply for funding as long as...

January 16, 2017

Keep it simple.  It doesn’t need to involve a team of attorneys.  If you partner on a grant, develop a MOU to spell out who is responsible for what and how much funding partners will receive (a percentage is best) once the fiscal agent receives the money.  Percentages...

January 9, 2017

Foundations prefer to fund organizations that partner with other nonprofits, businesses, schools, faith based agencies, and/or civic groups.   Develop those partnerships and plan grants together.   The nonprofit partner that has the most credibility in terms of longevi...

January 2, 2017

Typically, it takes between 90 – 180 days from the time you submit a grant proposal to receive a response.  And, no foundation wants to fund an organization with a deficit.  If your organization needs quick cash flow, do a fundraiser.  Or, invite me to come to your com...

December 26, 2016

If you’re writing a grant proposal and there is no contact information listed in that foundation’s guidelines that means THEY DON’T WANT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.  Sometimes, a foundation will offer technical assistance via email or webinars, but 89% of the time, they...

December 18, 2016

Okay, so I have a background in Emergency Management, so when I review a grant from ARC who is partnering with the local EOC to do a CPR class while they eat MREs, I get it.

However, my colleagues who share in the grant review might not have a clue what those acronyms m...

December 11, 2016

Naming your project or program is the most important task you will face in writing an interesting grant proposal.

When you go into a bookstore, what’s the first thing that attracts you to a book?

The title. So, if you want the grant reviewer to become intrigued with your...

December 4, 2016

United Ways across the nation are changing. They often do direct service by offering workforce

development, after school programs, and food banks.

While many United Ways still allocate funds annually, they simply do not have the resources to fund all worthwhile 501c3 org...

November 27, 2016

About 20% of the time, funders will ask for a couple of letters of support to be uploaded or attached to your grant application. Have these letters prepared in advance, keeping in mind

these things:

* They must be dated in the same calendar year that you’re applying for...

November 20, 2016

There was a time when multi-year, federal, state or county grants were the way to go. You

could get one of those grants and rest on your laurels for a while as long as you didn’t upset the


Those days are gone.

Any of you who manage a government grant or work un...

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