Grant Development

Free Social Media Template

Free Social Media Template

My Gift to You: Social Media Template – Strategy and Planning Tis the season of giving, and we have gifts for you in this installment of our LINKY Party! The grants profession is often complex, and my grant professional friends and I offer you a special present for the season: five useful tools that will help you develop more compelling and competitive grant proposals. As Heather put it, “If this gift seems like a boring pair of socks to you, remain patient, my Dear Reader: we designed these tools to help you with some of the most challenging aspects of grant…read more →

Grant Professional Certified

Grant Professional Certified

In this our third Link Party blog, we’ll discuss the eight competencies of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (the elements upon which the exam for GPC certification are based). Click on the links in this blog for more great information from my esteemed colleagues Jana Jane Hexter, Diane Leonard, Heather Strombaugh and Mark Whitacre. You can also read our two previous Linky Party blogs here and here for more information and additional links. What Your Grant Professional Knows Could be Worth Millions! Do you engage a grant professional – staff or consultant – when you develop your strategic plan(s)? If…read more →

Signs You Might Need A Grant Consultant

Signs You Might Need A Grant Consultant

6 SIGNS YOU MIGHT NEED A GRANT CONSULTANT   Do you need to hire a Grant Consultant  If you are experiencing one or more of these situations you might need to hire a Grant Consultant: Denied funding No Grant Strategy Limited funding threatens organization or programs Highly competitive grants No time, No GPC Taking it to the next level   Your organization has been denied grants throughout in-house attempts. You have done your very best to secure grants. You hear from the funder that your application was denied. Telling your Board or your Mayor or – the worst – your…read more →

Grants and Social Media

Grants and Social Media

Grants and Social Media  Two Paths or One Direction? It depends on your perspective. I work in what most people would consider 2 very distinct fields. I believe they are the same. I am a Grant Professional and I am a Social Media Strategist. I believe that Grants and Social Media are the same because they both key into one of the most important human drives: the desire to connect.  My Passion for Being a Connector I like being a grant consultant because I like to help others make the connections they need to see their vision become a reality….read more →

Measuring Grant Success

Measuring Grant Success

How Do You Measure Grant Success? What does it take to be successful as a Grant Professional? How do organizations hire and evaluate grant professionals? We put this topic to the Grantchat community and – of course – it was a great success! Why are award rates so low now? Grant success rates vary by industry and by type of grant, such as community development, education, technical studies and family foundations. (Grant geek – numbers and acronym alert  – next paragraph)  The National Institute of Health success rate report shows a drop in the percent of applicants successfully receiving award went from…read more →

Spring, We Have Contact!

Spring, We Have Contact!

Spring into Grant Connections This is our second blog in an exciting partnership blog link group “Linky Party”  with esteemed grant writers from across the country, including Jana Jane Hexter, Diane Leonard, Heather Stombaugh, and Mark Whitacre. Click on the links throughout this article to read their fascinating and educational perspectives on Grants in springtime. Look for more Linky Party articles in the future! How-Do-You-Do?   In the Upper Midwest, for nearly 6 months, we rarely see our neighbors. During our sub-zero winters, when we do venture outside for a walk in the neighborhood we are unrecognizable anonymous bundles of…read more →

We Love Our Funders But …We Work Better Together

We Love Our Funders But …We Work Better Together

WE LOVE OUR FUNDERS BUT… WE WORK BETTER TOGETHER!   This is our first blog in a new and exciting partnership – a Link Party – with esteemed grant writers from across the country, including Jana Jane Hexter, Diane H. Leonard,  Heather Stombaugh and Mark Whitacre. Click on the links throughout this article to read their fascinating and educational perspectives on this subject. Look for more LinkParty articles in the future!   In my 15 years plus working with grants I have found funders and their staff to be some of the most amazing and passionate people. I have worked…read more →