Grant Deadline Passed?  Eight Reasons Not to Panic!

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Dec 21, 2016 4:24:00 AM

Has this scenario ever happened to you?  While you are researching opportunities for a project that needs funding, you find the quintessentially perfect grant. With one little problem: the deadline was three months ago. Yes, this is highly frustrating, but all is not lost. Here are eight reasons not to panic when you come across a grant after its submission date has passed.

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Topics: Grant Seeking

Getting In-Kind Donations from Professional Sports Teams

Posted by Brad Cyran on Nov 4, 2015 5:00:00 AM

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Hoping to hit your foundation’s next fundraiser out of the park? Seeking a donation that will ensure your charity’s next auction is a slam dunk? Well then look no further than your local professional sports teams! With the plethora of opportunities made available by these teams’ community outreach programs, you don’t need to feel that your next request for support is a Hail Mary, but instead an effective approach in leading your organization towards its goooaaallls!

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Nonprofits, Education

How Local Governments Can Land Private-Sector Grants

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 10, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Local governments are not necessarily precluded from pursuing private-sector grants. By creating a 501(c)(3) foundation, local governments, and even police departments, can become eligible for grants from private-sector grantors that indicate in their guidelines that they only award grants to nonprofits. During ICMA's September webinar "The Language of Grant Writing," one of the last questions during the Q&A secton came from a local government official that brought up this very issue:

“I’m with the city and we have never considered going after private-sector funding. How can we position ourselves to win foundation grant awards?”

The answer deserved transcription, so I've quoted it at length below. Dr. Beverly Browning, who hosted the webinar, responded as follows:

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Nonprofits, Local Government

Top 3 Things to Know Before Applying for a Grant

Posted by Kathy Parker on Jul 22, 2014 10:00:00 PM

Once you’re interested in a grant, there are a few steps you should take before you organize your team to apply. Determining fit and eligibility should be at the top of your list, as well as any funding restrictions, the total workload required, and due dates. At the end of the day, you want to know whether the grant is attainable and worth the investment from all angles. For those of you new to grant seeking, this blog post’s for you.

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Grant Writing

Best Practices for Grantee and Grantor Relationships: Internal Controls

Posted by Rachel Werner on Jun 22, 2014 10:00:00 PM

Internal controls – what does this term mean to you as a grant professional? To me, it almost sounds like "mission control." So who is commanding the post? From an accounting perspective, internal controls involve everything that controls risks for an organization, and ensures compliance with applicable laws and regulations (Sawyers Guide for Internal Auditors, The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation, 2012). At the basic organizational level, most policies define internal control objectives as they relate to the reliability of financial reporting, timely feedback on the achievement of operational or strategic goals, and compliance with laws and regulations. Without internal controls, there would be no structure or guidelines with which to manage millions of dollars in public and private funding.

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Subrecipient Monitoring and Management, Grants Management Best Practices

5 Tips on Winning a Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant

Posted by Linda Butler on Jun 16, 2014 8:36:00 AM

Based on my experience working with several clients, the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program is a challenging grant to apply for. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s DLT grant opportunity is "designed to assist rural communities in acquiring distance learning and telemedical technologies so that local teachers and medical service providers who serve rural residents can establish interactive video conferencing links to teachers, medical professionals, and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise.” This is not an application for beginners or the disorganized writer!

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Topics: Health Care, Grant Seeking, Grant Writing, Education

Grant Wisdom on “The Road to Ready”

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jun 2, 2014 10:00:00 PM

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Topics: Federal Grants, Grant Seeking

Parks as Catalysts for Economic Development

Posted by Kim Richardson on Apr 16, 2014 10:00:00 PM

As cities strive to recover from the nation’s most recent recession, projects that create new jobs, retain existing ones, and attract new businesses are in high demand. Economic development is the buzz term of the day and communities are constantly seeking grants and other funding sources that will support their employment goals. However, one area is often overlooked in the discussion—parks. Yes, parks!

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Parks and Recreation, Economic Development

Methodologies in Grant Writing

Posted by Beverly Browning on Mar 9, 2014 11:01:00 PM

In this blog post, I’d like to talk about the ways that the grant writing industry defines "methodology." Who's included in this industry? Full-time grant writers as well as agency or organizational staff that wear myriad other hats that include searching for grant funding opportunities and writing grant requests.

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Grant Writing

FY2015: Grants and Your Local Government Budget

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Feb 25, 2014 10:01:00 PM

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Local Government, Budgets