What Have You Been Reading?
These are the most popular blog posts from the second half of 2017. Have you read them yet? In the past months, we brought you posts about mistakes to avoid in grant writing and why applications are rejected, how to make sure you are not falling for a scam grant, and how to master applying for federal funding.
The advantages of grants are numerous. Wonderful programs, projects, and products may be initiated and thrive because of successful grant writing and management. However, grant writing is a very competitive sport and the quality of your proposal is of the utmost importance. Learn about common pitfalls to avoid when writing your grant.
Searching for grants is a long and sometimes tedious process. Once you finally find the perfect opportunity, you may feel elated and ready to get to work. But what if the opportunity is a scam and all the work you are putting in is futile? There are scammers that offer “perfect” opportunities in order to make a quick buck or extract personal information from applicants. When looking for funding sources, it is important to ask a series of questions to ensure the grant is not a scam.
You did the research. You found the grant that would fund your project. You wrote a passionate, clear, precise, and thorough grant application. You submitted all the necessary documents and everything arrived at the funder on time. Yet you received a letter regretting to inform you that your application was rejected. It is natural to wonder what went wrong and how to proceed when faced with a rejection.
Each year, the United States Department of Education (USDOE) awards multiyear, multimillion-dollar competitive grants. Their purpose is to support implementation of the department’s targeted educational priorities. Has your school district decided to apply for one of these?
We all dread rejection, especially after we’ve worked so hard to find the perfect funding opportunity and fine tune our proposals. Writing a good proposal can take months of hard work and the approval of multiple people. Remember that grant writing is a long game, and it may take several attempts to find the right funding fit.