All Blog Posts Tagged 'cultivation' (6)

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…


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

Use Communication Trends to Win More Grants: New Data Says You Should Focus on 4 Tactics in 2013

Today I received a link to the 2013 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report from Kivi Leroux at Nonprofit Marketing I look forward to reading this report every year because I know the treasures within will help nonprofit leaders I work with position their nonprofits against…


Added by Heather Stombaugh on January 15, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Finding the Needle: Grant Prospecting

To find funding for your programs or project, you must identify the foundations, corporations, and government institutions that are the “right fit” for your work. Grant prospecting is the act of using database tools, professional networks, and personal contacts to identify and cultivate the most appropriate potential funding partners--the "right fits" for your mission and programs.…


Added by Heather Stombaugh on February 17, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Art & Science of Competitive Grant Seeking

Some have asked, “Is the key to winning grants an art or a science?” I believe it is both. The “science” of grant seeking involves aligning your proposal to precisely conform to the grant maker’s guidelines. It also means adhering to the standard rules of writing (see Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, for example) and formatting your proposal document to make your case for support easy to follow for the reviewer. The “art” of grant seeking includes marketing your project (whether it is a…


Added by Heather Stombaugh on January 30, 2012 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Cultivating Family Foundations

Different types of grant makers require different cultivation and solicitation strategies. Soliciting family foundations, in particular, requires a thoughtful and well-planned cultivation effort to increase your chances for grant funding.


Family foundations are those whose funds were created by or derived from members of a single family (Council on Foundations, 2010). Today, of the more than 75,000 private foundations in the U.S., nearly half are family foundations . Family…


Added by Heather Stombaugh on January 30, 2012 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Writing Your Sustainability Plan

The Sustainability Plan is intended to assure your prospective funder that the program or solution to a community problem you propose will continue long after their grant funding ends. No one wants to provide funding to an organization which does not have a plan to continue the program without grant funding. An example sustainably plan (along with the question posed by the Health Resource Service Administration) that I recently wrote for a federal application follows:



Added by Beverly Santicola on January 30, 2012 at 2:38pm — 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…


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.  



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…


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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