Grants 1990 vs 2016: The Results Have Been Captured!

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Sep 19, 2016 4:13:00 AM

 

Remember the survey we did in this Grants Way Back When article, asking our esteemed readers how life in the grant world has changed since the 1990s? Here are the results, in Capture Magazine, from our partners at CostTree. A big thanks to each and every one of you who shared your insights with us! YOU ROCK!!! Just click on the typewriter below to be transported back a few decades. "Hypothetical Variance: Grants from 1990 to 2016" starts on page 28!

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Topics: Grant Writing, Grants Management Best Practices

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

Grants Way Back When!  Tell Us Your Retro Story!

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 8, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Back in the day! We have all heard our elders talk about what life was like before color television, microwaves, and ATM machines.  Subsequently, who in the younger generation is not astonished to hear about a time when cell phones weighed almost as much as lap tops? Or horrified to learn their grandparents did their school reports on a thing known as a typewriter with the aid of a goopy substance called liquid paper? And you could not even play video games on it to keep yourself entertained!

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Topics: Grant Writing, Grants Management Best Practices

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

Avoiding Procrastination - Bookmark for Later!

Posted by Sherie Sanders on May 23, 2016 4:13:00 AM

16,400,000! That is the number of results one gets when the term “procrastination” is entered in a Google search. Most of us procrastinate in one way or another. Advice on how to avoid it ranges from deep Freudian analysis on why we put things off to flip “just do it” quips from the drill sergeant types. In this post, we are going to concentrate on one specific reason for procrastination that might resonate with our readers – frustration.

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Topics: Grant Writing

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