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
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
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:
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:
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.
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.
Sometimes rejection letters can offer very little insight into why a proposal was rejected. Many foundation’s receive so many proposals that they cannot speak with applicants about why their proposal was rejected and what they can do better next time. You may be left wondering how to improve your proposal with so little feedback. Here are some of the top reasons your proposal might have been rejected:
CDW-G continued 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. This second webinar discussed the next two sections: Description of the Project and Project Management Timeline. Here are a few of the suggested strategies:
With all of the great success stories out there about crowdfunding, you may be wondering if it’s time for you to give it a shot. Crowdfunding can be a great funding resource, but only if you take the time to craft a compelling campaign. Here are the steps you should take to ensure your project is successfully funded.
As school budgets get tighter, more and more educators are turning to crowdfunding sites, such as DonorsChoose, AdoptAClasroom, and GoFundMe, to raise much needed funds for their classrooms. But what is crowdfunding and how is it different from grant writing?
Crowdfunding is when an individual or organization raises money from numerous donors, typically with the help of a website, to fund equipment or a project or program. Unlike general school fundraisers, both crowdfunding and grant writing raise money to address a specific need. While both approaches have been proven to achieve similar results, they are both vastly different. Here’s a quick guide to crowdfunding versus grant writing.
Social media is changing the funding landscape. With the ability to reach out to grant makers, connect with fellow grant writers, and share your own thoughts and ideas, social media can take your grant-writing to a whole new level.