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Grant Writing for Newbies

Presented for Yuma Area Nonprofit Institute (YANPI) November 2011
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GoalBusters Consulting

on 2 May 2016

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Transcript of Grant Writing for Newbies

Grant Writing
For
Newbies

Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE
GoalBusters Consulting LLC
goalbusters.net
@aliceferris @goalbusters

What do you want to know?
What are you asking for?
(Define your project)
Who are you asking?
(Identifying your funder)
How do you ask?
(Proposal writing)
Pet Peeves
What are you trying to sell?
Why is it important to your organization?
How will it contribute to your mission?
How will people’s lives be affected?
What does a funder like?
Restricted
Start up or early stage
Limited term for funder
Clear and measurable impact
What's the sizzle?
Exercise:
"Recipe" for Success
Developing your Master Proposal
Who
Where
What
When
Why
How
Boilerplate Materials
Mission, Vision, Values
Board list
Staff list in project area
Audit
Form 990
501(c)3 letter
Corporate Certificate
Organizational or department budget
Finding a Funder
Don't waste your time or the funder's time with a frivolous proposal
Open or Invitation Only
Deadlines
Application process
Funding range (sometimes)
Areas of foci
Programmatic
Geographic
Contact information
Foundation Center
Library
Grants.gov
Google
Corporate and Foundation websites
Guidestar.org
Donor lists of similar organizations
NOZA (www.nozasearch.com)
To ask if this is of any interest
If you can’t find basic information anywhere else
If it’s a closed foundation but you personally know someone there
If you think your project fits within scope, but you’re not sure
If they don’t say you CAN’T call
Application time
Follow directions!
Letter of Intent

Full Proposal

Follow Up Proposal
Make it engaging!
“Introduce your hero, get him up a tree,
throw rocks at him, then get him out of the tree.”

Robert McKee,
Screenwriting Guru
Or George M. Cohan,
depending on where you check
Introduce Protagonist
Inciting Incident
Identify Obstacles and Barriers
Propose a solution and make the funder part of it
Qualitative
Quantitative
How will this impact the community or end user?
NOT how it will impact your organization, necessarily
Editing
Pet Peeves
All data, no story
Fluffy needs statement
Not following instructions
All qualitative evaluation measures
Unrealistic budget
Bad grammar, unprofessional presentation
One size fits all proposal
Late proposal
Trying to circumvent the process
Thank you!
Meet the funder’s expectations
Tell why it matters
Explain why this grant makes a difference
goalbusters.net
@aliceferris
@goalbusters
FREE!
Basic Research
Sources
Next Level
Evaluate
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