Grant Research

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 →

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 →

Federal Grant Reform and GPC

Federal Grant Reform and GPC

Federal Grant Reform and GPC   GPC isn’t just for Grant Professional Certification, post-nominal letters I am proud to display. GPC is also the acronym for the  Grants Policy Committee.    Grant Policy Committee This GPC, a committee of the U.S. Chief Financial Officers Council, has responsibility for coordinating government-wide streamlining and simplification activities for federal grants and cooperative agreements. This GPC recommends financial assistance policies and practices to the Office of Management and Budget and coordinates related interagency activities. This GPC is moving us forward with federal grant reform. Busy GPC The GPC’s improvement efforts gained significant momentum when the committee assumed…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 →

Chase the Money

Chase the Money

How Can You Get More Grants? Don’t Chase the Money!   Here is what I know for sure, a motto if you will – Don’t chase the money. Chase your dream! The money will follow. What do I mean by chasing money? Don’t go after a sponsor, a grant or an investor for their money. Be aggressive in planning your dream, your vision, your impact.  Go to a funder with you plan in hand. Approach a funder as a partner, an investor in YOUR vision.    There are many funding opportunities for all kinds of things from social enterprises to nonprofits, from…read more →

Where I Get My Grant News

Where I Get My Grant News

Where I Get My Grant News (and everything else) I just read 3 Steps to Using Twitter to Gather Nonprofit News by Joe Waters.  Like Joe, this Jo gets the same question, “Where do you get all of this stuff?”   My answer is the same as Joe’s answer, Twitter.  Because I love Joe’s post so much,  I am using his format and adding my personal recommendations for grant news. I have written about grant writers using twitter before here. Now we will go through some steps to help you get great information – fast. Here are the steps you can…read more →