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How to Write a Letter of Inquiry

Grant Writing for Beginners: How to Write a Letter of Inquiry

The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is your first impression on a funder. Many foundations use LOIs to determine if they’d like to receive a full proposal for a project or program. It’s important that your LOI makes the right impression, so that you have the chance to submit a full proposal. Some foundations will provide guidelines for LOIs. If they do, the guidelines should be followed exactly. If there are no guidelines, this post outlines some general recommendations for writing LOIs.

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 a great Letter of Inquiry: Continue Reading

Top tips for grant writing beginners

Grant Writing For Beginners: Top Tips for Writing Your First Grant

Writing a grant for the first time can be a daunting process. The most important thing to remember is that grant writing is a skill that will take time and effort to cultivate. Once you hone your skills, the rewards of finding the right funding to execute your vision will be well worth it.

This is the first blog in our new series, Grant Writing for Beginners. The series will cover all the stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal. To start off the series, here are some general tips for beginners to keep in mind:

 

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Grant Writing for Beginners Series

The mission of the Discover GetEdFunding blog is to provide grant guidance for educators throughout every step of their grant-writing journey. The Grant Writing for Beginners series is meant to help educators who are just starting out on that journey. The series will cover all the stages of preparing a grant proposal from writing a Letter of Inquiry to submitting a proposal.

This blog post will serve as the landing page for the content as it’s generated. New posts will be added as they’re published. We’re looking forward to this series and we hope you are too!

  1. Top Tips for Writing Your First Grant
  2. How to Write a Letter of Inquiry
  3. Making a Good First Impression with Your Executive Summary
  4. Writing a Description of Your School
  5. Getting to the Heart of Your Proposal with the Need Statement
  6. Writing a Description of Your Project
  7. How to Write a Timeline for Your Grant
  8. How to Build a Budget

If you have any particular questions or topics you’d like to see covered, please let us know in the comments.

Teacher in front of classroom of students

Start with Something You Love

People often ask how I became interested in writing grant applications for my school. The answer is simple—there are many interests I want to foster in my students that often require additional funding to achieve. Here’s how I went about making that happen. Continue Reading

Teacher working with a grant writer

Tips for Working Successfully with a Grant Writer

So you’ve gone through the process of hiring a grant writer for your organization. Your next challenge is to find ways to make the most of your grant writers time and experience, while not burning a hole in your budget. Here are a few tips for making the most of your grant writer’s time and talents: Continue Reading

Hiring a Grant Writer

What to Look for in Grant Writer

Many organizations don’t have the time or resources to write their own grant proposals, especially if they are seeking larger grants that often require a more involved, detailed writing process. Hiring a grant writer is a great solution for these organizations. The expertise of a good grant writer increases the chances of receiving funding and boosts the overall quality of the proposal. But what makes a good grant writer and how will you know when you’ve found one? Here’s what to look for in a grant writer: Continue Reading

Online Grant Application

9 Tips for Submitting Online Applications

Increasingly, funders are making the choice to only accept online applications. This may make it easier on foundations to receive and review proposals, but it provides a unique set of challenges for grant writers. Here are some tips to help you avoid the most common online application mistakes: Continue Reading

You Can Win Grants For Your School

More Secrets and Strategies from a Grant Writing Pro

CDW-G wrapped up its three-part webinar series, with Dr. Toni Rockis, by discussing strategies for writing an effective grant proposal. In the first webinar, attendees got insights into the first three sections of a grant proposal: Executive Summary, Description of the School, and Need for the Project. The second webinar discussed the next two sections: Description of the Project and Project Management Timeline. This final webinar reviewed the last three sections: Evaluation of the Project, Project Budget, and Appendices. Here are a few of the suggested strategies:

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Time Management for Grant Writing

Time Is Money: How to Improve Time Management Skills for Grant Writers

When you’re writing a grant, you’re a slave to the all important deadline. Time is of the essence. Don’t let poor time management skills sink a great proposal. Here are some tips for managing your time:

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Rejected rant proposals

What to Do After Your Proposal Is Rejected

Rejection can be hard to take, especially when you’ve poured so much time and effort into a great proposal. You may not know how to proceed after putting your best efforts into a proposal that doesn’t make the cut. A rejected proposal is not the end of your funding search. It’s merely a bump in the road. Here are some tips on what to do after your proposal is rejected.

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