Category: grant-management

Grants for Nonprofits: Build Relationships with Grantmakers | CharityHowTo

  Grants for Nonprofits: Why Should You Build Relationships with Grantmakers?  Submitting grant proposals for your nonprofit doesn’t have to be an impersonal action.  It can very well be an entire process that also consists of a helpful relationship between you (the grant writer) and the grantmaker.  But getting to that point doesn’t happen by chance. Normally, it takes work to establish relationships between the two parties.  We’re discussing why you should build relationships with grantmakers in a free video training at the end of this article!  In the meantime, let’s dig into how to create relationships to help you secure more grants for nonprofits.    Who Are Nonprofit Grantmakers?  A...

15 Grant Readiness Tips

Grant readiness in grant-seeking organizations can be something that brings out the best of grant professional humor. When an organization is asked to consider if they are “grant ready,” the answer is usually a resounding, “Of course we are! We are ready to receive grant money!” Joking aside, grant readiness is one of the most important factors for grant seekers to consider, relative to each and every potential application. Grant readiness comes through in all aspects of your grant seeking. It impacts how you decide what your priorities are for grant revenue and, therefore, who and what you research as part of creating a proactive grant-seeking strategy. It impacts how you sell your...

Grant Writing for Beginners: Where to Start with Research

Blog Post by CharityHowTo Expert Diane H. Leonard, GPC If you are new to grant writing, you are likely focused on what your writing should sound like. Perhaps you ask yourself questions about what is the right style or what is the right person to write in.  However, the truth about your writing is that the work before the writing is where you should start your efforts and your learning.  Writing and submitting grant applications without first following best practices in grantmaker research and grantmaker relationships will leave even the best-written applications resulting in rejection letters. Grant Writing for Beginners – Where to Start Before you sit down looking at a blank document with...

3 Questions to Consider in Selecting Grant Management Software for Grant-seekers

Blog Post by CharityHowTo Expert Diane H. Leonard, GPC You successfully wrote and submitted a grant application. And you GOT the grant! Handstands, cartwheels, and high fives for your whole organization!  But now you have to implement the proposed work you outlined in the grant application, and you have to manage not just the program, but also the finances, and the required reports. And as you successfully start writing and managing one grant, you begin to build bigger grantmaker relationships and a grant portfolio for your organization building on your grant success.  Only now, the management of deadlines, relationships, and the decisions on all of your applications becomes more...