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Grant Writing for Newbies
Transcript of Grant Writing for Newbies
Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE
GoalBusters Consulting LLC
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?
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?
Start up or early stage
Limited term for funder
Clear and measurable impact
What's the sizzle?
"Recipe" for Success
Developing your Master Proposal
Mission, Vision, Values
Staff list in project area
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
Funding range (sometimes)
Areas of foci
Corporate and Foundation websites
Donor lists of similar organizations
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
Letter of Intent
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.”
Or George M. Cohan,
depending on where you check
Identify Obstacles and Barriers
Propose a solution and make the funder part of it
How will this impact the community or end user?
NOT how it will impact your organization, necessarily
All data, no story
Fluffy needs statement
Not following instructions
All qualitative evaluation measures
Bad grammar, unprofessional presentation
One size fits all proposal
Trying to circumvent the process
Meet the funder’s expectations
Tell why it matters
Explain why this grant makes a difference