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Grant Ready Organization

Grant Ready Organization

EXCITING NEWS! Our training section, Smartegrants, has partnered up with Udemy to help you get your organization on ‘board’  with grant readiness.  We’ve developed an infographic to help guide you on your path to being a Grant Ready Organization. Smartegrants is our training and coaching arm. Our mission at Smartegrants is to cultivate leaders in the world of grants. Grant Readiness is an essential part of grants. So, it is a topic we come back to time and again. In fact, we have a few other Grant Readiness posts here and here and here and a grant readiness assessment here. KEYS…read more →

8 Steps to the DATA Act

8 Steps to the DATA Act

8 Steps to Implementing the DATA Act The DATA Act  aims at making federal spending data accessible, searchable, and reliable. The DATA Act isn’t just about federal reform, it also provides an opportunity to have open, public dialogue on how federal dollars are spent. This information will serve as a tool to inform management decision-making, improve oversight, and give key insights that can lead to innovation both inside and outside of the government. Progress for the DATA Act Recently, on the OMB blog, the Fiscal Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Dave Lebryk and OMB Controller Dave Mader announced the roll out of 57…read more →

What Your Competitors Do With A Denied Grant Application

What Your Competitors Do With A Denied Grant Application

WHAT YOUR COMPETITORS DO WITH THEIR DENIED GRANT APPLICATION You’ve just received word that your grant application has been denied. After long hours dedicated to strategy, budgets, narratives, charts, tables, partners, and more, receiving a grant denial may leave you  feeling like you never, ever, ever want to apply for another grant – ever – again. You may want to forget about your ideas, your project and your hopes. But that isn’t what your competitors are going to do!  What are your competitors going to do with their denial? They are going to seize it for all its worth! They…read more →

How to Thank a Funder on Social Media

How to Thank a Funder on Social Media

Thank a Funder on Social Media Grant stewardship is all about establishing and maintaining relationships. Grant makers, including government agencies, foundations and corporations, have Facebook pages and Twitter handles to provide more information about their mission, accomplishments, grantees and investments. As a grantee or potential grantee, you have an opportunity to support grant makers in their mission. One way to support a grant maker is by showing your gratitude (or ‘Grantitude’™ ). Should I thank a funder on social media if they are not on social media? The quick answer – yes. First, check to see if your funder or potential…read more →

HUD Grant Milestones

HUD Grant Milestones

Guess who is turning 50? The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is celebrating the big ‘five-oh’ this year (and so is yours truly).  I have a long history with HUD, their grant programs, their policies and their staff. I believe our greatest impact on economic development, childhood health and wellness, life-long health and wellness, workforce stability and growth, energy efficiency, and so much more – starts at home and with homes. The quality, safety and accessibility of housing, especially within our poorest communities, has a profound effect on our public systems – schools, the judicial system, medical system. I…read more →

Social Media Logic Model

Social Media Logic Model

Social Media Logic Model I come to social media from a career of grant proposals, community building and strategic planning.  I love how these areas of expertise impact my perceptions and strategies for social media and lead me to develop our Social Media Logic Model.  What is a Social Media Logic Model?  A Social Media Logic Model is a systematic and visual way to present and  share our understanding of the relationships among resources we have to operate our social networks and communities, the activities we plan, and the changes or results we hope to achieve.   Why Use a Social…read more →

IGPD Live

IGPD Live

Celebrating International Grant Professionals Day IGPD LIVE!   We’ve got a treat for you! On Friday 20th March at 12 noon EST, five seasoned grant professionals (including yours truly – Jo Miller – and my Smartegrants.com and #Grantchat partner, Diane H. Leonard ) are hosting a live Q&A. So, you have $1,000+ worth of consultants on a live call for an hour who are ready, able, and willing to answer your questions. Couldn’t get better than that, right? We’re open books! We’ll share our journeys, our not-so-secret secrets, answer your questions and celebrate everyone in the world of grants on…read more →