All Blog Posts Tagged 'proposal' (4)

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…


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

Preparing Budgets for Grant Proposals

You do not have to be an accountant to prepare a budget for your grant proposal. The budget is a simple estimated financial plan that may be presented as a table or text (or both). The budget should include both current and anticipated costs as well as all revenue sources. Clarity is essential – make sure your numbers match back to your proposal narrative and implementation methods.

Some grant makers refer to the budget first during their review of proposals. They consider it the best…


Added by Heather Stombaugh on January 30, 2012 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Gathering Data for Your Statement of Need

The Statement of Need (a.k.a. Needs Statement, Purpose Statement, Problem Statement, Case Statement, Case for Support, etc.) is a critical element of your grant proposal. Think of this section as a “teaching tool” for the grant reviewers:  you must provide sufficient evidence (i.e. statistics, demographics, community descriptions, anecdotes, etc.) to support your proposed solution (i.e. the program or project for which you request funding). For instance, if you are writing a proposal to…


Added by Heather Stombaugh on January 30, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Program Plan and Design – How to Create the WOW Factor

The program plan and design account for one of the most highly scored sections of the proposal. Grant reviewers will read carefully to see if the program plan and design are:

  1. Feasible
  2. Logical
  3. Cost effective

They will also need to be assured the applicant has the capacity to implement the program successfully and that the program has the potential to make a significant impact toward addressing societal…


Added by Beverly Santicola on January 30, 2012 at 2:35pm — 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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