Beverly Browning

Beverly Browning ("Dr. Bev") has been consulting in the areas of grant writing, contract bid responses, and organizational development for nearly four decades. Her clients have included fire departments; chambers of commerce; faith-based organizations; units of local government; state and federal government agencies; school districts and colleges; social and human service agencies, hospitals, and service associations; and Fortune 500 corporations. Dr. Bev has assisted clients in receiving awards of more than $400 million. She is the author of 41 grant-related publications, including Grant Writing For Dummies™.
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Grants 101 and the Competitive Advantage

Posted by Beverly Browning on Sep 12, 2016 4:00:00 AM

If you work for a unit of government or nonprofit organization, you already know that employees wear multiple hats. What is the scariest hat to wear? Hearing from your supervisor that you’re now the designated grant writer! When I think about the first time I wrote a grant proposal to one of the largest foundations in the world, I know how I felt...

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Topics: Grant Writing

Webinar: Top Reasons Your Grant Application Was Not Funded

Posted by Beverly Browning on Aug 3, 2016 4:00:00 AM

This is always a popular topic for individuals assigned with the task of writing grant applications. We work so hard to research and write what we think is an award-winning proposal for funding. Then, weeks turn to months until that email arrives from the funder stating we did not get the grant award. The most devastating part of this communication is that we have to tell our employer, supervisor, or client that all the hard work and resources involved in the planning and writing processes now seems for naught.

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Topics: Grant Writing

Project Planning and Implementation Collaboration for Local Government - Part 2

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jun 13, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Last month, I talked to you about the first of two potential collaboration options for local government: fiscal sponsorship.This month, we’re going to look at the project planning and implementation collaboration process. If you’re a local government, these two articles will provide you with some additional options for finding and qualifying for grant funding opportunities that are limited to IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

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Topics: Local Government

Local Government Collaborations Part 1 - Fiscal Sponsorship

Posted by Beverly Browning on May 9, 2016 4:00:00 AM

In this article, I’ll talk to you about the first of two potential collaboration options for local government. The first type is a fiscal sponsorship, the second type is project planning and implementation collaboration that I will cover in my June blog post. If you’re a local government, these two articles will provide you with some additional options for finding and qualifying for grant funding opportunities that are limited to IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

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Topics: Local Government, Partnerships

Local Governments: Setting Up a Nonprofit to Acquire Private Sector Funding

Posted by Beverly Browning on Mar 15, 2016 4:00:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a grant writing session (along with Corey Coll, eCivis Enterprise Account Executive) and meet a lot of great, dedicated members of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) – Arizona. I listened to a ton of great stories about funding needs and best practices in local communities. One such best practice for local governments entails establishing a tax-exempt nonprofit to be eligible to receive certain private sector (foundations and corporations) funding. This practice was implemented by the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) in Tucson.

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Topics: Nonprofits, Local Government

So Your Grant Application Is Due in 45 Days...

Posted by Beverly Browning on Feb 22, 2016 2:42:06 PM

discussion_bubble_blog_041112.jpgEvery day, grant funding alerts arrive in our email inboxes. Knowing the task- and deadline-driven work we will have to take on, these emails are likely the last ones opened. Yes, we’ve already started the procrastination journey by not even reading the possible work ahead. Thankfully, a few of the major federal grant funding opportunities have more days between the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and the actual due date. However, many of the smaller grant competitions provide an application window of 30-45 days. This blog post will tap the wisdom of a veteran grant writers who share their advice on how to properly prepare.

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Topics: Grant Writing

Grant Preparedness for Winning a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jan 11, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Yes, it’s that time again: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the DFC Support Program. Do you understand the purpose of this grant program? Is your organization an eligible grant applicant? Have you started preparing for the submission requirements? Have you read and re-read the writing requirements in the grant application guidelines? Do you have a strategy in place to apply for this year’s funding or will you have to wait until the next grant funding cycle? 

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Topics: Grant Writing

Plotting Your 2016 Grants Calendar

Posted by Beverly Browning on Dec 14, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Every grant writer has their own process for keeping track of what grant applications are due, funders that they have made contact with, and next steps. There is no right or wrong way to create a grants calendar. In this blog post, I’ll simply give you some research links to review and offer a sentence or two about why I think the information will help you decide how you want to plot your 2016 grants calendar.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Grants Management Best Practices

Evaluation Measures 101: Outcomes vs. Outputs

Posted by Beverly Browning on Nov 30, 2015 4:30:00 AM

In my early years of writing competitive grant applications, I always wrote the outcomes. When the logic model (reference link below) was created by United Way of America for its member affiliates, a new measurement emerged: outputs. At first, the difference between outcomes and outputs seemed as clear as mud for me. However, I finally developed an understanding of how they differ, and the logic model certainly made it much easier to separate the two measurements. Let's look at the difference between these measurements.

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Topics: Grant Writing

Applying for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods)

Posted by Beverly Browning on Nov 18, 2015 4:30:00 AM

This article is to help your department/organization with grant application planning for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program, also known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The next solicitation is not yet on the Department of Justice (DoJ) – Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) website; however, it is never too early to start preparing for this highly competitive grant application. Click here for the previous NOFA to assist you with early planning and research.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Law Enforcement

Building a Grant Funding Strategy for Cities and Counties

 


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