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Online Grant Writing Resources

Nonprofit Hub: When to start nonprofit grant writing


How to Write a Grant Proposal – Appalachian Regional Commission

Step 1: Agree on the problem. For a proposal to receive funding, the grant maker must be convinced that funding your program will have a positive and measurable affect on your community.

Step 2: Describe what you hope to achieve.

Step 3: Design your program.

Step 4: Locate funding sources.

Step 5: Write your proposal.

Grant Writing for Dummies Cheat Sheet

How to Write a Grant Proposal (with Examples)

From the Iowa Council of Foundations:

Three Easy Steps to Money:

  1. Do your homework!
    • Find out what you can about a foundation’s interests before you initiate contact.
    • Check website
    • Published guidelines, annual reports, 990
  2. Read and follow directions!
    • Match your request to the types and size of grant the foundation prefers.
    • Follow the suggested format and tips.
  3. Check your work!
    • Misspellings, typos, grammatical and factual errors reflect poorly on credibility and capacity.
    • Make sure the numbers add up logically and correctly.

Successful proposals convey 5 signal virtues:

  1. Capability
  2. Credibility
  3. Feasibility
  4. Importance
  5. Benefits

And 6 key qualities:

  1. Expertise
  2. Commitment
  3. Clarity
  4. Collaboration
  5. Comprehensiveness
  6. Effectiveness