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 →
Grants and Social Media I believe in the potential of networks, the energy of connections and the power of partnerships to change the world. I believe we can only make significant changes in our communities and our world when we build bridges from government to the citizen, from philanthropy to stakeholder, from corporations to grassroots organizations – connections that leverage our collective experiences, resources and missions to change lives and change our world. Building bridges and networks to address housing, health and environmental challenges has been at the heart of my work for the past 15 years. During that time I…read more →
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 →
Grab an Attitude of Gratitude! We are deep into the “Month of Gratitude” and Thanksgiving is upon us. I am taking time to reflect upon the things I am thankful for, like: my amazing son, my loving rescued miniature schnauzer, the quick return of my working laptop (tear), my mom and her supportive community, and the blessing of being able to help others do good in their jobs and in their organizations! I could go on and on…I have a lot for which I am thankful. When I think of times of gratitude during my career with grants, snapshot memories flash…read more →
Have you ever wondered if there are grants for education? For the student, grant aid is the most desirable form of financial aid because it is awarded before the tuition bill has to be paid and does not have to be repaid. I have listed many resources at then end of this post to get you started. Let’s Look at the Main Sources for Student Grants & Loans The federal government and colleges and universities are the largest sources of grant aid, but states and employers and other private entities also provide significant amounts of grant aid. Foundations…read more →
Why Would an Organization Pay a Grant Writer without an “Award Guarantee”? I’ve been asked this type question many times. Recently, I came across an excellent response by Michael Wells, owner of Grants Northwest. ”What kind of organization would hire a lawyer without assurances they'll win their case? What kind of person will hire a surgeon without assurances the surgery will be successful? What kind of person would hire a financial consultant without assurances they'll make money? People and organizations hire professionals on expectations of increasing their odds of success, not guarantees. I think this is true of anything in…read more →
Making Money with Program Income! Do you need more matching funds to meet the grant requirements? Do you want to serve more clients with your grant program? Do you want your program to be sustainable after the grant is complete? Consider Your Program Income! Program Income can help you meet your matching fund requirements, help you serve more clients and increase program sustainability during and beyond the grant project!