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4 Tips for Handling a Grant Rejection (Part II)

(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.

5 Tips on Handling a Grant Rejection (Part I)

(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.

Grant Writing Success and Subject Matter Knowledge

Crowdfunding in the Public Sector

Foundation Funding: When the Grant Giving Gets Tough

The U.S. economic recovery has been slower than a snail’s pace, and news about foundation giving over the past year hasn't exactly been the most uplifting news. What seems to be good news—the Foundation Center’s June 2012 report states that “giving by the nation’s more than 76,600 foundations totaled $46.9 billion last year, up 2.2 percent—is overshadowed by the fact that "after accounting for inflation, foundation giving was down slightly from the prior year.” It reminds me of jobs reports.

Foundation Dollars for Public-Sector Needs

Cultivating relationships with private foundations takes time. According to eCivis’ Vice President of Grants Professional Services Dr. Bev Browning, “At least six months or more of introductory emails, telephone conversations, face-to-face meetings, invitations to public events, and more need to happen” before an applicant approaches a private foundation. That kind of effort can seem like a disincentive for local government grant writers given that they already have tried and true grant opportunities to pursue at the state and federal level (not to mention that grant writers often wear several hats, regardless of job title).

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