Should we wait for a fresh, rich brew to percolate or settle for instant? Shop across town where prices are low or jet into our nearest convenience store? Savor the book or catch the movie? Life is a balance between effort and outcome, a constant trade-off between return and investment. The grant world offers the same dilemma. Public vs. private funding, which shall it be? Government grants offer the biggest jackpots, but are labor-intensive. Foundation grants offer smaller rewards, but are less time-consuming. Let’s look at the major pros and cons of each.Read More
Parks are important to the health of a community. We know this beyond a shadow of a doubt. Sure, they encourage exercise. But increased physical activity is only one of many benefits of parks. They have the potential to enhance economic opportunities, increase property values, offset pollution, and reduce crime. There are even studies that have connected time spent in nature with greater attention spans, lower stress levels, and better pain management.Read More
Are you looking to fund a new small-scale project in your city? Did you know that foundation grant makers have historically made grant awards for projects under $50,000 to small cities? Your city could apply for law enforcement equipment, fire services equipment, community garden essentials, capacity building initiatives, and more.Read More
How many times have you scrutinized a potential private-sector funder's profile looking for a perfect fit between what your organization needs and what the private-sector funder funds? You've read the funder’s summary or information on funding areas and cannot find any category that is an ideal fit to meet your needs. Should you just cross that grant maker off your list when it happens to be a local funder in your region? Absolutely not.
I recently met with a local foundation currently redesigning their community programs to include capacity building grants (also known as organizational effectiveness grants) to enhance the overall effectiveness of area nonprofits. The funder’s goal is to invest in the mission of local nonprofits to help ensure successful delivery of services to local communities and long-term sustainability of organizations. Through capacity building grants, the foundation is leveraging the impact of their philanthropic resources.
This is the first installment of a three-part series on grant funding in Arkansas. Part 1 focuses on charitable giving in Arkansas. Part 2 will discuss national foundations and federal programs of interest to Arkansas nonprofit organizations and state and local governments. Part 3 will outline the five things all entities must do to garner external grant funding for their programs and operations.
(The following blog post, part 2 of "Handling a Grant Rejection," was written by Dr. Bev Browning, Vice President of Grants Professional Services for eCivis and the author of more than 40 grant-related publications.) The best way to handle a rejection letter is with your head up, and with a game plan for getting the funding through another source. Here are some more tips on rebounding from rejection.
(The following blog post, part 1 of 2 on "Handling a Grant Rejection," was written by Dr. Bev Browning, Vice President of Grants Professional Services for eCivis and the author of more than 40 grant-related publications. Other articles by Dr. Browning can be found in eCivis' subscription-based Grants Network: KnowledgeBase.) As a grant writer, getting a rejection letter from a funding source can be a big letdown. Besides coping with your own personal disappointment, you also have to face your superiors, peers, and others in the community who rallied to your cause and helped you put the grant proposal together. The best way to handle a rejection letter is with your head up, hopes high, and a game plan for getting the funding through another source.