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Online Grant Application

Easy Steps to Submitting Online Applications

Online applications appear to be an easy option to submit a grant proposal. Online platforms make it easier for foundations to receive and review proposals, but they provide unique challenges for grant writers. Here are some tips to help you avoid the most common online application mistakes. Continue Reading

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How to Prepare for a Site Visit

Many funding organizations require site visits as part of their granting process—either before the grant is made or afterwards to inspect the progress of the project. It is crucial to be prepared for the visit, so that you know what to show your funder and how to ensure proper documentation. Continue Reading

10 Questions You Need to Ask Before Writing a Grant Application

If you think you are ready to write your grant application, take a step back and ask yourself these 10 questions. If you can easily answer all of them, you are ready to dive into your proposal. Continue Reading

What Should You Ask Program Officers About Proposals

The world of grant writing takes a front seat for many of us in the spring and fall when a myriad of applications are available and due. This is a prime time to explore questions to ask when reaching out to program officers. Continue Reading

Writing Minigrants and Major Grants

No Unsolicited Proposals? No Reason to Give Up!

There are three types of foundations: those who require an application, those who require a Letter of Inquiry as the beginning of the application process, and those who offer funding by invitation only. This does not mean that you won’t qualify for their grants; it just takes a different approach and a little more effort to get there. However, the rewards outweigh the effort. Continue Reading

What Bloggers Can Teach Grant Writers about Writing, Competition, and Finding Success

This blog post was originally posted on Peak Proposals LLC in December 2016.

 

Many bloggers write about how to connect with online readers. It turns out that many of the bloggers’ views on what it takes to be a successful blogger apply equally well to grant writing. Continue Reading

5 Steps to Best Practices in Grant Writing

Regardless of whether you are a novice or seasoned grant writer, preparing and writing a grant application can be a daunting task. Success is often not immediate and patience is required to keep trying. While there isn’t a comprehensive application template guaranteeing success, there are a number of best practices you can follow when preparing an application. Continue Reading

What Makes a Successful Grant Application?

We have published a number of blogs with tips and information on how to write a successful grant application, covering topics from budgets to narratives and Letters of Inquiry to thank you letters to funders. But what do successful grant applications look like? What makes them stand out? Which projects have captured funders’ attention? Below is an example of a successful grant application. Continue Reading

You Have to Apply Twice: To the Foundation and to Your Principal

Imagine you have found a perfect grant opportunity for your classroom. You have contacted the foundation and they are interested in your project and encouraging you to apply. The next step is to write your application. It all sounds straightforward, but often there is one more step in between. You don’t just need to apply once to the foundation—you have to apply twice because first you have to convince your principal to support your application. Continue Reading

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How to Get Started Writing Grants

Special education teacher Carmen Watts Clayton has compiled bullet points for grant-writing “newbies,” with helpful guidance for teachers and educators who are seeking classroom funding.

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