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The PTA as a Bona Fide Nonprofit

The Power of the 501(c)(3)
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) generally treats public schools as government entities that are exempt from federal income tax. As such, they can apply for and receive certain grants. But they often confront constraints—lack of time, absence of person power, and in some cases, restrictive fundraising regulations—that prevent them from going the grant-writing route for financial support. A PTA can be a tremendous help on this front. Continue Reading

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PTA as Grant Writing Guru

Foundation, corporation, and government grants abound, but what prevents schools from reaching out for these opportunities to fund equipment and educational initiatives? The reality is that lack of time, resources, and knowledge about grant writing can often impede a school’s fundraising potential. Continue Reading

Grant Writing for Beginners: Getting to the Heart of Your Proposal with the Need Statement

The need statement is at the heart of your proposal. It’s the place in the proposal where you can tap into emotion to win over the reviewers. The need statement should identify a problem, explain the need for your project or program, and show how your project solves the problem you’ve identified.

 

This blog is part of our new series, Grant Writing for Beginners. The series addresses all stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal. This post continues the series by outlining how to compose a compelling need statement. Continue Reading

Evaluation

Formative Evaluation: What You Can Do Pre-Award that Will Help You Post-Award

At the time it is written, a grant proposal is our best snapshot of the future. Although it may be a well-developed vision, it is still only a vision. After your project is funded, formative evaluation is key in determining the effectiveness of your project. If certain components of your project are not working, you can and should change direction. If some activities are functioning particularly well, you can identify which ones these are and build them into your sustainability strategy. Continue Reading

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Leaving it to the Experts: Reasons to Hire a Grant Writer

You may be wondering whether your organization can handle writing its own proposal or if it’s time to enlist the help of a grant writer. There are many factors that go into the decision to hire a grant writer. It is a choice that can only be made after a careful evaluation of your organization’s capabilities and needs. To aid in your decision-making, we’ve compiled a few reasons to hire a grant writer: Continue Reading

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Grant Writing for Beginners: Writing a Description of Your School

Most grant proposals include a description of the school’s mission, vision, and history. This section is important in establishing that your school has the experience and expertise required to successfully carry out the proposed project or program.

This blog is part of our new series, Grant Writing for Beginners. The series addresses all stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal. This post continues the series by outlining how to write a description of your school: Continue Reading

Budgetting

Budget Basics for Federal Grants

Federal grant applications are generally comprised of two pieces: a project description, or narrative, and a financial description, or budget. These two elements are inextricably linked, as the budget lays out how much the program plan will cost. Continue Reading

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Grant Writing for Beginners: Making a Good First Impression with Your Executive Summary

The Executive Summary is the most important part of your grant proposal. It is the very first thing reviewers will read and, when done well, it encapsulates your whole proposal. It is best to save writing the Executive Summary for last, so you can effectively summarize each part of your proposal.

 

This blog is part of our new series, Grant Writing for Beginners. The series covers all the stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal. To continue the series, here’s how to write an effective Executive Summary: Continue Reading

Measuring up to federal accountability measures

Risky Business: Making Sure You Measure Up to New Federal Accountability Measures

When it comes to writing and managing federal grants, accountability is more important than ever. In December of 2013, the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued new and comprehensive grant reform rules that consolidate award requirements previously found in eight separate OMB circulars. The result is a formidable document entitled 2 CFR Part 200: Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The new rules took effect upon federal awards made after December 26, 2014. Continue Reading

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Fast and Fabulous Data When You’re in a Hurry

We have all been there before: the grant is due in a week (or maybe tomorrow) and it is 3:00 a.m. and you have to find data to support your grant proposal as soon as possible. As a self-proclaimed data nerd, I am giving you my favorite sources to find fabulous facts in a pinch. The information below is a mix of resources for elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education. Continue Reading


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