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

I want you to get the money that the nonprofit that you work for, needs. 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. For the sake of your cause, for your nonprofit's constituency, get strategic when you go after grant money.

What do I mean by "get strategic when you go after grant money."? You are putting your organization, its mission statement, your track record, and your organization's ability to succeed before the grant donor. Take each and every opportunity, to make your case why your organization should receive the grant. You may reply, 'Arlene, that is my intention,'. 'Great!', I say back. I'm just saying, let's be sure that you're aware of every opportunity that you (or anyone who applies for a grant) truly has.

How do you "get strategic when you go after grant money."?

__ Do your research. …

Grants for Technology Projects Reducing Entanglement in Oceans Or Other Research Or Projects Reducing Marine Debris

From The Foundation Center...

Marine Debris Research and Technology Grants Program Invites Proposals

Deadline: May 5, 2008 (Pre-proposals)

The Marine Debris Research and Technology Grants Program, a partnership between the NOAA Marine Debris Program ( http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/ ) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ( http://www.nfwf.org ), provides grants to organizations working on projects to improve understanding of the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal resources and to reduce and prevent debris in the marine environment.

The program provides competitive grants to finance innovative proposals that seek to work with marinas, ports, and the fishing industry to significantly reduce the occurrence of debris. Technology proposals related to new innovations in gear development designed to prevent loss or entanglement are a high priority and strongly encouraged. In addition, the program is accepting research proposals that address the biological, social, or economic …

Grants for Independent Film Or Radio Projects Relating Critical Social or Political Issues

From The Foundation Center...


Funding Exchange Announces New Guidelines for Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media

Deadline: May 15, 2008

The Funding Exchange's ( http://www.fex.org/ ) Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media supports media activism and grassroots organizing by funding the pre-production and distribution of social issue film and video projects as well as the production and distribution of radio projects made by local, state, national, or international organizations and individual media producers.

The fund invites applications for projects of all genres that address critical social and political issues, combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium, and demonstrate understanding of how the production will be used for progressive social justice organizing.

The fund makes grants to radio projects in all production stages and to film and video projects in the pre-production or distribution stages only. The fund does not support production or post-production …

What Are Matching Grants? I'll Explain...

What are matching grants? Are they helpful to nonprofit organizations? How does one go about getting one?

What's the deal? I'll answer...

What are matching grants?

If your organization, let's say, submitted a grant proposal four months ago to We Save Vampires Foundation (WSVF) and your organization, Bloodsuckers Included Today and Everyday (BITE) exists to assist vampires' safety from angry mobs, assist in relocating vampires to locales with less humans and a lot of cloud cover, and work on vampires' rights. Let's say that BITE is only three years old and while WSVF has heard about BITE's important work and mission success rate (the rate at which the mission is being met and constituents or the cause is being served). Let's say, though, that in response to BITE's grant proposal, WSVF responded thus:

"We at WSVF are very interested in BITE and its important work. We see the importance
and need for the program that BITE is initiating and seeking grant…

Grants to Build Greenways

From The Foundation Center...

Conservation Fund Accepting Applications for Kodak American Greenways Awards

Program Deadline: June 15, 2008

The Kodak American Greenways Awards Program, a partnership project of the Eastman Kodak Company ( http://www.kodak.com/ ), the Conservation Fund ( http://www.conservationfund.org/ ), and the National Geographic Society (http://nationalgeographic.com/ ), provides small grants to stimulate the planning and design of greenways in communities throughout America.

Grants may be used for activities such as mapping, ecological assessments, surveying, conferences, and design activities; developing brochures, interpretative displays, audio-visual productions, or public opinion surveys; and hiring consultants, incorporating land trusts, building infrastructure (e.g., a foot bridge or bike path), or other creative projects. In general, grants can be used for all appropriate expenses needed to complete a greenway project, including planning, technical assistance, l…

How Foundations Can Assist Grassroots Movements Even Better...

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I was asked by co-author, Fred Setterberg, to read and review Grassroots Philanthropy Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker by Bill Somerville with Fred Setterberg.  I do not know either gentleman but accepted the request as I enjoy exposure to what people are talking and thinking about in philanthropy.

Somerville asks in Chapter 1, "Why isn't the American philanthropic sector doing a much better job?" He retains nearly 50 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, both as a nonprofit executive director, and as a founder and president of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation in Oakland. As they say in the philanthropic world, 'he's been on both sides'. The book is a quick easy read.

His response to his question is part empathy to the role and work that foundations play and do, and part suggestions based on experience.

As a fundraising professional who has not worked for a foundation, it is an interesting read. The book is a natural discussion and set of suggestions…

Top 10 Resources to Find a Good Grant Writer

[Note: Always check any potential hire's credentials, and check out the resource that you receive a referral for a hire from.]

In order to begin to understand what you should do when hiring a grant writer, read the following two posts:

What Are the Steps to Hiring A Grant Writer?http://thegrantplant.blogspot.com/2004/07/what-are-steps-to-hiring-grant-writer.html

Pricing Grant Writers - What Should We Pay?http://thegrantplant.blogspot.com/2007/07/pricing-grant-writers-what-should-we.html

Top 10 Resources to Find a Good Grant Writer:

10. Talk with colleagues in your local nonprofit sector (or if you live in a small town, talk with your colleagues in the nearby larger town or city) and ask them which grant writer they've worked with that they'd recommend. Ask why they'd recommend them.

9. Look up whether there is a professional grant writers' affiliation in your region (again, look into the larger nearby town if you live in a smaller community). If there is (e.g. Puget So…

Every Day An American or Canadian Nonprofit Will Win $500 Worth of Promotion Items

Promotional Products Retailer 4imprint Accepting In-Kind Grant Applications

Deadline: Ongoing

4imprint ( http://www.4imprint.com/ ) is now accepting applications for its 2008 one-by-one charitable giving program. For the third year in a row, the online and catalog promotional pro- ducts retailer will award a $500 in-kind grant every business day of 2008 to a charitable organization in the United States or Canada. In kind items include polo tees, mugs, notebooks, etc. and more.

In 2007, 4imprint awarded in-kind grants totaling $138,000 to nearly three hundred schools and universities, hospitals and health care organizations, children's charities and mentoring organizations, churches, civic groups, and others. In-kind grants were awarded to organizations across North America, in forty-six states, the District of Columbia, and five Canadian provinces.

Applications are due two months before the requested donation is needed. In order to be eligible for a donation, an applicant must be empl…

Grants for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

From The Foundation Center...

Open Society Institute Seeks Proposals for Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Deadline: May 1, 2008

The Open Society Institute ( http://www.soros.org/ ) 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.

According to a recent national survey, four out of the five Americans who need help for substance abuse problems are unable to get addiction treatment -- either due to lack of health insurance, inadequate insurance, or lack of addiction treatment in their communities.

Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap grant applicants must identify a common geographic area within which they will affect change; partnerships at the state, county, or city level are welcome to apply.

Applicants are asked to demonstrate success and assess their level of readiness on two key strategies: 1) building awaren…

Top Ten Ways to Find a Grant Donor Who Will Give to Your Nonprofit

10. Have done your homework - whatever your organization knows it needs grant money for (e.g. new program, ten new wheelchairs, a capital campaign (new building), etc.) be sure to have planned out: the timeline, staff, action items, expected results, research the target audience, understand what the real need in the community is that your new item/program is addressing, etc.

9. Research foundations, corporations, etc. who give grants. Do not print a list of foundations who operate near your town and decide the organizations on the list are who you're nonprofit is applying to for grants. Create a list of foundations who:
donate to organizations that operate in your region (or who give to organizations that serve in your region)donate to the cause or issue that your organization is addressingdemonstrate a history of giving, in the amounts that you're needing to raise, to organizations that are similar to yours'Your organization should begin the grant application process by s…

Grants for Green Building Research

From The Foundation Center...

U.S. Green Building Council Commits Additional $1 Million to Fund Green Building Research

Deadlines: March 6, 2008 (Pre-proposal Submissions); Grant pre-proposals will be accepted from February 12 through March 6, 2008.

The U.S. Green Building Council ( http://www.usgbc.org/ ), a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation, has doubled its funding commitment for green building research grants to be awarded in 2008 to a total of $2 million.

Of the additional $1 million in grants, $500,000 has been allocated for K-12 school facility research related to occupant impacts. The Green Building Research Fund was created to spur research that will advance sustainable building practices and encourage market transformation. Matching funds from other sources are encouraged in order to maximize the potential of USGBC's contribution toward filling critical research gaps. The research will result in knowledge, p…

Grants for Model Programs or Collaborators Assiting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

From The Foundation Center...

Avon Foundation Offers Support to Assist Children Affected by Domestic Violence

Deadline: March 31, 2008

The Avon Foundation ( http://www.avonfoundation.org/ ) launched the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education, direct services, and prevention programs. As part of the Speak Out program, the foundation launched the national Not Seen, Not Heard: Helping Children of Domestic Violence program in 2005 to assist the children of domestic violence.

The Avon Foundation is seeking proposals from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that assist children who have been exposed to or are victims of domestic violence. For 2008, the foundation will focus on the following strategic priority: innovative coordinated-response models between domestic violence organizations and organizations that assist child victims of abuse and/or children witnesses of domestic violence.

Proposals will be accepted from domestic violence…

Grants for Programs or Collaborators Providing Assistance to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

From The Foundation Center...



Avon Foundation Offers Support to Assist Children Affected by Domestic Violence



Deadline: March 31, 2008



The Avon Foundation ( http://www.avonfoundation.org/ ) launched the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education, direct services, and prevention programs. As part of the Speak Out program, the foundation launched the national Not Seen, Not Heard: Helping Children of Domestic Violence program in 2005 to assist the children of domestic violence.



The Avon Foundation is seeking proposals from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that assist children who have been exposed to or are victims of domestic violence. For 2008, the foundation will focus on the following strategic priority: innovative coordinated-response models between domestic violence organizations and organizations that assist child victims of abuse and/or children witnesses of domestic violence.



Proposals will be accepted from domestic violence…