How to write knockout proposals

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I read this book last week called “How to Write Knockout Proposals&# by Joseph Barbato. Don’t put together one proposal then send it to lots of different funders. Make sure that your proposal is a good fit, then explain that fit in your proposal. Your proposal should be written in layman’s terms. Remember, you don’t want to give the proposal reviewer any reason to toss your proposal.

Gates Foundations Seeks Communications Proposals—Game Changer

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a call for communications proposals to “help change the narrative on foreign aid.” The submission process is simple, requiring just a two-page proposal. The Cannes Lions Chimera, a special panel made up of the best talent across advertising, media, and technology, are advising the program, and will mentor the winners as they develop their projects. At last—funding specifically directed to communications!

Plan Ahead with Your Proposals

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When doing a grant or foundation proposal you will get much further if you have a comprehensive program. What if you did this program once a year or every month, how would that change your outcomes? Work with your program staff and make sure that they are aware of your overall plan and on board with it. Sometimes it makes a lot of sense to fund the new exciting idea that someone has.

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ANNOUNCING THE FUNDRAISING QUICK START PROGRAM! The Fundraising QuickStart program is a 6-week webinar series designed to help you zero in on the strategies that are guaranteed to raise the funds your nonprofit needs NOW! That’s what you’ll find in the Fundraising QuickStart program.

[Guest Post] Telling Your Story In the Grant Proposal Budget

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Telling Your Story In the Grant Proposal Budget. Rather, I will take the conversation about storytelling a bit deeper, and ask you to consider the role that a budget plays in a grant proposal and the overall story the grant proposal tells.

That Program, Project, or Item: Writing In Your Proposal About What You Need the Grant For

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When you sit down to write the paragraph or two about the program, project, or item that you are asking for a grant for, have a couple things handy for yourself: __ Have answers to the basic questions' about the program or item, itself; who/what will it serve, who will provide the service, what, when, where, why do this, and how. In this section of the proposal you should only give a phrase in a sentence, or one sentence about need.

When Sitting Down To Write the First Draft of a Grant Proposal, Help Yourself Out.

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Writing a grant proposal (also called the grant application when applying for a grant) can seem like the wall between your organization receiving the grant or not. Blasting many different grant donors with a single, same, arbitrary, grant proposal that you wrote without including information requested in each potential donor's giving guidelines and considering each's recent giving history isn't just a waste of time and resources for your nonprofit.

Descriptions of Different Grant Proposal Documents' Formats

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Do you know when you should format your grant proposal as a business letter, instead of in a report format? In doing this you're helping the foundation select your proposal to grant to. maybe they state they do not want photos or videos submitted with proposals, no phone calls, etc.). It is usually a very small (one or two page) letter formatted version of the full grant proposal. It is often easiest to create after the full proposal has been written.

Using Logic In Grant Proposal Content - Yes, Logic.

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Logic, is a great 'voice' to maintain when writing the content for an application for a grant, or grant proposal (or any other grant proposal document, such as a letter of inquiry). Yet, let's admit it: it can be difficult sometimes to state exactly why the work our nonprofit is proposing to do is important. Yet, to make the argument for a nonprofit, in a proposal, it helps to articulate why its work (or mission) is necessary.

How To Edit, Improve, Clarify, and Make A Compelling Case In Your Grant Proposal

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Self editing a grant proposal especially when trying, for instance, to raise a $50,000 grant can be daunting. To my point above, if you are the writer of the grant proposal always get someone else (who you know to be an avid reader and a good writer, themselves) to go over your final draft grant proposal to look for spelling errors, unclear phrasing, long sentences, and poor formatting (anything that is clumsy, or difficult to read easily and quickly).

Target's Local Store Grants Program (Small Grants) Request for Proposals

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Target Invites Applications for Local Store Grants Program Deadline: May 31, 2007 Target is accepting applications from organizations in communities where the company does business for its Local Store Grants program. Early childhood reading grants support programs that promote a love of reading and encourage children, from birth through age nine, to read together with their families. From The Foundation Center.

How Do We Tighten Up Our Grant Proposal?

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The first priority when writing any proposal is to provide all of the requested information. My suggestion is this; if you can provide a concept that ties the entire proposal together, you will tighten up, clarify, and solidify your proposal. You will demonstrate to the foundation that you submit the proposal to that your organization has a vision and direction. You and I have written three drafts of the master grant proposal (the case).

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Look for special programs at foundations that might be called "community relief," or something similar. Corporations are cutting way back on their grantmaking but stepping up "in-kind" programs. When writing your grant proposal, work on a "sense of urgency." " There are a lot of proposals, so impress the funder with the importance of yours and its urgent need.

How to Make the Case for Your Grant Request, In the Grant Proposal

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As in all things, nonprofits looking to raise grants must execute making the case in each and every grant proposal. So.this means we will want to keep a few things when we sit down to write any nonprofit's grant proposal's main case. The "case" is the portion of the grant proposal that comprises most of what are today often considered 'standard' sections (or content) in the grant application (proposal) document.

Why Your Nonprofit Needs to Get Political – Now

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With today’s public roll out of Trumps’ budget proposal , the implications for our sector are important and very dire. Examine today’s budget proposal. Putting out fires every day, submitting grant proposals, attending board meetings, making phone calls.

Top Ten Formatting Tips for Any Grant Proposal

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Top Ten Formatting Tips for Any Grant Proposal 10. Edit and cull down draft grant proposals, going over them for not just content and readability, but anticipate that whomever will read it at the potential grant donor's office will likely not read it fully, but rather quickly scan it. Remember, they receive many tens of proposals, each grant cycle deadline, and must get key information from each one. Most grant proposal submissions are not fully read, word for word.

Tips for the Specific Writing Mechanics When Writing A Grant Proposal

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Be Succinct In Your Grant Writing That Program, Project, or Item: Writing In Your Proposal About What You Need the Grant For Use Logic In Grant Proposal Content - Yes, Logic.and for more instructive grant proposal crafting posts, click on "Grant Writing" and "How To" under 'Labels' on the lower right side of this web page.

How to Write An Effective Grant Proposal Despite Strong Emotions

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This is a case study about writing a strong and compelling grant proposal regarding, in a fair manner, but not overly stating emotion, to create an excellent grant application. As grant writers, it is sometimes difficult to cope with emotions when sitting down to write something "technical" such as a grant proposal. This is also a consideration when thinking about who is going to read this grant proposal.

For Improved Grant Proposals, Be Sure to Be Succinct - Why It's Helpful and How to Be Succinct:

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Be Succinct In Your Grant Writing That Program, Project, Or Item: Writing In Your Proposal About What You Need the Grant For Using Logic In Grant Proposal Content - Yes, Logic. grant writing how to

That Physical Address Location Question On Most Grant Proposal Applications. What Gives? Read More.

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A reader of this blog posted a question asking how their brand new nonprofit can apply for grants when so many grant application forms require the physical address of the location where the nonprofit will provide the program or service that it is requesting funding for. When a donor asks for a physical location on a grant application, they are considering the program or project that your nonprofit is requesting funding for. Which comes first? Is it the chicken or the egg?

What Tone Should I Set In Our Grant Proposal?

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There are finer aspects to writing a grant proposal that are often not so easy to teach, and not even so easy to ask about or find out how to do. There are technical aspects to writing a grant proposal such as being sure to include the usual sections (e.g. but the finer question, once a grant writer gets writing a proposal, can become 'what tone should I set in the grant proposal's contents?'

Standard Grant Proposal Format: Tool

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Standard Grant Proposal Format. Program Goals & Objectives. Sustainability (sometimes grantmakers will ask you to describe how you will fund this program in the future—here is where you provide information on your fundraising plan). Note: Always follow the foundation’s grantmaking guidelines. If there are no guidelines, the following is a commonly used format for grantseeking. Cover Letter. Narrative (8-10 pages). Executive Summary. Organizational History & Acheivements.

Grants for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

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Open Society Institute Seeks Proposals for Substance Abuse Treatment Program Deadline: May 1, 2008 The Open Society Institute ( [link] ) is seeking new ideas for its Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap initiative. This groundbreaking $10 million program is designed to provide greater access to high-quality treatment for drug and alcohol addiction to all who need it. A minimum of six grants will be awarded through this call for proposals. From The Foundation Center.

#GRANTS: The Lawrence Foundation Can Help Your Environmental Or Health Program

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The foundation receives about 400 proposals a year, so the competition will be tough. Environmental and educational programs have received the greatest percentage of awards from the foundation since its inception. Health and human services programs have been supported as well. In our ongoing periodic series on sources for grants, we have focused on foundations tied to the great tech companies of our day.

When Writing A Grant Proposal, Should The Grant Writer Use Professional Jargon or Not?

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When writing a grant application or proposal, it can be difficult to deal with the jargon or words that are unique to a nonprofit's professional field of work. Does the grant writer take the time, in the actual grant proposal, to define jargon words, after each one's use? What an organization does to provide its service, product, or program; and what cause or issue a nonprofit works on determines what professional field(s) it works in.

Be Strategic, Yes, 'Strategic' When You Write the Grant Proposal

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You are writing that grant proposal for one reason - your nonprofit has a need because, really, your community has a need that your organization is setting out to address. Do not, for example send them all the same proposal. Differentiate proposals, to each grant donor, accordingly, by formatting, including in the content, attaching, etc. no phone calls, please"; "please do not send us DVDs with your proposals", etc.

EAST: A Method for Applying Insights in Social Marketing Programs

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After just 15-20 minutes of working up an approach, the divergence among the five groups in who they select for a priority group, the types of research questions they would pose, and the elements of their proposed interventions makes a strong experience of ''what we know is what we see.''

Grants for American or Canadian Nonprofits Providing Programs Addressing the Needs of People With Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

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Neilsen Foundation Offers Funding for Spinal Cord Injury Quality of Life Programs Established in 2002, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to supporting cutting-edge research aimed at finding a cure for paralysis due to spinal cord injury and to funding innovative rehabilitation programs to improve the quality of life for those living with SCI. Proposals must include an estimate of how many people living with SCI will benefit from the program/project.

What To Say About This Economy In Grant Proposals - Or Not To Say

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When applying for a grant, as described in the potential grant donor's giving guidelines , it is often required that there be some content in the nonprofit's grant proposal describing the organization's financial picture and its financial outlook. Remember, though, you always want to be indicating and demonstrating why your organization (and the program or project you're proposing in the grant application) are a sound investment for anyone considering donating anything, including a grant.

What Grants Can, and Can’t Do for your Nonprofit

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You can look for grants for two weeks, spend another two weeks writing the proposal, and still only have a slim chance of getting the grant. If you need money for programs NOW, I doubt that a grant would deal with your more immediate need.

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RFP for Grants for Alzheimer's Day Programs

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Brookdale Foundation Group Issues RFP for Start-Up Dementia Day Programs Deadline: July 6, 2007 The Brookdale Foundation Group ( [link] ) has issued a Request For Proposals for start-up social model group respite programs for people with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers. Funds may be requested by private nonprofit 501(c)(3) or public agencies to develop a new dementia-specific social model program. From The Foundation Center.

Top Ten Solutions For Issues That Might Arise While Writing A Grant Proposal

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Top Ten Solutions For Issues That Might Arise While Writing A Grant Proposal 10. If you were so diligently working on a grant proposal that the grant proposal submission deadline came and went there is still hope. Having a difficult time getting key program or even organization information from colleagues? Sometimes grant writers are just that rather than programs staff, executive directors, etc. Tired but up against a deadline and need to finesse a proposal?

How to Create A Budget For A Grant Proposal and Also, How To Budget In Order To Afford Grant Writing

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The Word "Gets" Is In "Budgets" Your New Program or Project Design Must Be Clear Before Applying for Grants How and Where Resources Exist To Keep One Step Ahead for Prudent, Conservative and Effective Budgeting and Planning In the Rebounding Economy. How Do We Afford Grant Writing?

Grants for Plant Conservation Programs Operated In Collaboration

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The NPCI program funds multi-stakeholder projects that focus on the conservation of native plants and pollinators under any of the following six focal areas: conservation, education, restoration, research, sustainability, and data linkages. For-profit businesses and individuals are not eligible to apply directly to the program but are encouraged to work with eligible applicants to develop and submit proposals. From The Foundation Center. [If

NEW Advanced Webinar: Winning Government Grants and Contracts

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A 90 minute advanced webinar to help you get those government grants and contracts to keep your programs going for years to come! They can provide support for your services for multiple years, allowing you to rest easy that the money is coming in and your programs can continue.

Grants for HIV AIDS Prevention Programs

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United States Conference of Mayors Accepting Proposals for HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants Program Deadline: February 25, 2008 The United States Conference of Mayors ( [link] ), in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention ( [link] ), has issued a Request for Proposals for the HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants Program to strengthen local capacities to carry out effective HIV/AIDS prevention activities.

Creating Model Programs And Their Effect on Getting Grants

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You may have read about model programs, or model projects and how important they are to potential grant donors. If your non profit organization creates a program, project, method, study, educational program, or even an innovative item, or any other new way to deal with, perceive, treat, educate, study, etc. This program would be very important. All of these attributes of this proposed new research program make this method a good model candidate.

Are you a foundation looking for nonprofits to fund? Consider this.

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Are you looking for a nonprofit with a good 5 year plan, and programs based on research? Are you trying to make rational predictions of which human services programs will work, based on equations? How can you learn all you need to learn to figure out whether to fund this proposal?

A Proposal for Dr. Thomas Frieden: An Agenda for Transformation at the CDC

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testing a routine part of medical exams, and defended a program that passes out more than 35 million condoms a year. Co-production of effective public health programs with CDC partners in state and local health departments, indeed, wherever innovation is flourishing, needs to have the same (if not more) value and prestige as writing research articles for peer-reviewed publications.

Considering Or Beginning A Grant Writing Program? Here's Some Help.

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The thing is - if your agency is considering initiating grant writing for the first time (as a fundraising method) or if it's decided to implement it for the first time - you and your colleagues would be wise to learn how it's done, what the entire grant seeking process is, why donors give grants , and what donors see (or even expect) in a well written and compiled grant proposal (or grant application), today.