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Win more grants with performance metrics and evaluation strategies

This will be the first of a multi-part post that discusses how to use performance metrics and evaluation to boost your grant seeking success.

I like to think of grant makers—whether they are governmental agencies, foundations or corporate foundations—as being somewhat similar to Angel investors (Angels) or Venture Capitalists (VCs). Grant makers are like Angels and VCs in that they are only interested in supporting projects, programs and initiatives that are going to successful in…

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Added by Ron Flavin on August 6, 2015 at 9:08am — No Comments

Think like a startup to win more grants

In the past few years, a number of startups have achieved phenomenal success raising money. Companies such as Uber and AirBnB raised billions and quickly came to dominate their markets. These startups were so successful in raising capital because they clearly understood the factors that motivated the targeted funders to invest their dollars. Nonprofits and other grant seeking entities can learn from the startup funding landscape to boost their success rates in winning grants.  

For…

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Added by Ron Flavin on July 12, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Five keys to winning a USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant

The application window for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program is now open. Applications are due no later than July 6. Through the DLT program, rural communities can apply for up to $500,000 in funding to support the acquisition of equipment to provide access to distance learning or telemedicine services from hub sites located in larger urban or suburban areas.

The DLT program enables rural communities to gain access to…

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Added by Ron Flavin on June 7, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

How technology companies can access government grants through partnerships

Each year, the United States government awards more than $500 billion in grants. Of these, only about five percent ($25 billion) are awarded to for-profit companies. The overwhelming majority of government grants are awarded to states, local governments, governmental agencies, universities and colleges, schools and school districts or nonprofit organizations to carry out activities for the public good. Some states also offer grants to for-profit companies but these are generally limited to…

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Added by Ron Flavin on March 8, 2015 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Funding your cutting edge technology: the Texas Emerging Technology Fund

Although the U.S. economy continues to pick up steam and recover from the severe economic recession, many startups and businesses of all sizes are still finding it difficult to access capital to achieve strategic growth objectives. For those working with emerging technologies that have not yet gained significant traction in the marketplace, accessing commercialization and deployment capital can be especially tough. Given this challenge, what is the best way to get funding if you are a…

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Added by Ron Flavin on January 25, 2015 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Five tips for winning a Fire Prevention & Safety grant

In my last post I provided an overview of the SAFER grant program, along with five tips to improve your chances of winning one. In this post, I’ll provide Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grant help.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released guidelines for the fiscal year 2014 FP&S Grants program. The guidelines were released in December 2014, with the application window expected to be open from March 16 through April 17, 2015. Like SAFER and many other…

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Added by Ron Flavin on January 13, 2015 at 8:34am — No Comments

Fire grants help: 5 tips for winning a SAFER grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released guidelines for the fiscal year 2014 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. The guidelines were released in December 2014, with the application window expected to be open from February 9th through March 6th 2015. This is a very short application timeframe (less than 4 weeks) so if your fire and emergency response agency is serious about winning SAFER grant funds, the time to…

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Added by Ron Flavin on January 6, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

EHR, Hackers, and Data Privacy in the Digital Age: Prepare Using Best Practices

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By now, many of you have heard about the Chinese hackers who stole data from Community…

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Added by Heather Stombaugh on August 27, 2014 at 4:27am — No Comments

Telehealth a Smart Option for College Students

In my last article, I extolled the virtues of telehealth for building the next generation of nurses and the technology’s benefits for the health system writ large. Let’s turn that concept around: how does telehealth support a healthier college student body?

 

As colleges and universities throughout the nation struggle to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, about 19 million young adults lack basic healthcare coverage according to the…

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Added by Heather Stombaugh on July 31, 2014 at 5:04pm — No Comments

For the Greater Good: Telenursing in America

It’s no secret there is a nursing shortage in America. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2012-2022 released in December 2013, Registered Nursing (RN) is among the top occupations in terms of job growth over the next decade. The RN workforce will grow from 2.71 million in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022, an increase of 526,800 nurses or 19% of the nursing sector. However, a 19%…

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Added by Heather Stombaugh on July 28, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Health Tech Isn’t Just for Hospitals: Telehealth in Community Settings

Health Tech Isn’t Just for Hospitals: Telehealth in Community Settings

 

We’ve heard the alarming news about the nursing shortage, and we know many seniors and others with chronic healthcare challenges receive care in their homes. In the days of evidence-based practice, how do community health providers compare? And, perhaps more importantly, why should you care?

 

We read a recent article on how home healthcare providers are using video teleconferencing to…

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Added by Heather Stombaugh on July 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Using Research & Evaluation Grants to Find Tech Funding: Two Case Studies to Motivate You

In previous posts, we’ve talked about using operating, program, and capital grants to fund your technology needs. But there is another option (isn't that always the case). Have you considered using research or evaluation grants?

The following two case studies illustrate how you can get the tech funding you need AND secure more support for your programs.

Case Study #1: Evaluation of a Children’s Overweight/Obesity Program at School

One school-based health…

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Added by Heather Stombaugh on April 16, 2014 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Need Unrestricted Funds? Try 4 Techniques to Get More Operating $$

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It’s a common refrain among nonprofit leaders. “Why do these funders have to tie our hands so much? If only we had more…

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Added by Heather Stombaugh on February 20, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments

A model for writing a successful classroom technology funding proposal

Technology in the classroom has been a hot topic among educators for a number of years now.  Some of the technologies being deployed in the classroom include computer workstations, laptops, tablets (including iPads), iPods, videoconferencing technologies, wireless Internet, SmartBoards, robotics and more. Though not a technology per se, educators are also increasingly integrating social media into their classrooms.

In my opinion, ten years ago it was fairly easy to write a grant…

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Added by Ron Flavin on February 15, 2014 at 7:37am — 1 Comment

Creating a Culture of Innovation: Part 1 - Why You Should Care

Innovation is “the introduction of something new” or “a new idea, method, or device.” In the nonprofit sector, innovations take the form of new service delivery models, devices (such as medical equipment or adaptive equipment for people with disabilities), management methods, strategies,…

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Added by Heather Stombaugh on August 13, 2013 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Why & How Infographics are Effective Communication Tools in Grant Writing

As a grant writer, you may wonder why I’m writing a blog about infographics. Aren’t those the things you see on Pinterest? Why should grant writers care?

 

Infographics are a ubiquitous communication tool, and they’ve been used for years (think about your nightly weather report on TV).  Let’s look at a recent example: the Giving USA 2013 Highlights. I’m a particularly big fan of the following element from page 1 of the…

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Added by Heather Stombaugh on June 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Grant Seeking: It's Not Magic!

As I prepare for another grants workshop, my focus turns to three basics components of grant seeking. These components or steps in the process can be the “deal-breakers” for winning an award:

1)   Know thy…

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Added by Linda Gatten Butler on June 12, 2013 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Assessing Credibility: Is Your Nonprofit Worthy of Investment?

Linda Butler’s last blog, “Are You Grant-Ready?” addressed an essential concept in grant seeking: there’s much more to getting grants than just writing beautiful copy. Grant makers generally care about four elements when they consider investing in a nonprofit.

 

  • Capacity to do what it is you say you will do
  • Credibility of leadership, staff, and organization
  • Evidence of both the…
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Added by Heather Stombaugh on May 21, 2013 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Are You Grant-Ready?

In order to position your organization as grant-ready, this article offers two core ideas. First, criteria are identified that a fundraiser can use to assess an organization’s capacity for grant seeking and readiness. Second, steps are discussed to identify ways for implementing organizational practices that enhance grant-readiness. These core ideas are reflected in the Grant Professionals Association’s (GPA; www.grantprofessionals.org) Grant…

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Added by Linda Gatten Butler on April 4, 2013 at 5:03pm — No Comments

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Win more grants with performance metrics and evaluation strategies

Posted by Ron Flavin on August 6, 2015 at 9:08am 0 Comments

This will be the first of a multi-part post that discusses how to use performance metrics and evaluation to boost your grant seeking success.

I like to think of grant makers—whether they are governmental agencies, foundations or corporate foundations—as being somewhat similar to Angel investors (Angels) or Venture Capitalists (VCs). Grant makers are like Angels and VCs in that they are only interested in supporting projects, programs and initiatives that are going to successful in…

Continue

Think like a startup to win more grants

Posted by Ron Flavin on July 12, 2015 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

In the past few years, a number of startups have achieved phenomenal success raising money. Companies such as Uber and AirBnB raised billions and quickly came to dominate their markets. These startups were so successful in raising capital because they clearly understood the factors that motivated the targeted funders to invest their dollars. Nonprofits and other grant seeking entities can learn from the startup funding landscape to boost their success rates in winning grants.  

For…

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Five keys to winning a USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant

Posted by Ron Flavin on June 7, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

The application window for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program is now open. Applications are due no later than July 6. Through the DLT program, rural communities can apply for up to $500,000 in funding to support the acquisition of equipment to provide access to distance learning or telemedicine services from hub sites located in larger urban or suburban areas.

The DLT program enables rural communities to gain access to…

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How technology companies can access government grants through partnerships

Posted by Ron Flavin on March 8, 2015 at 12:33pm 0 Comments

Each year, the United States government awards more than $500 billion in grants. Of these, only about five percent ($25 billion) are awarded to for-profit companies. The overwhelming majority of government grants are awarded to states, local governments, governmental agencies, universities and colleges, schools and school districts or nonprofit organizations to carry out activities for the public good. Some states also offer grants to for-profit companies but these are generally limited to…

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