Get a little help from your friends!
For 2020-21, IWF will have volunteer mentors available to review a draft of your grant application prior to official submission. To request assistance from a mentor, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Mentor Inquiry” in the subject line before Friday, March 6, 2020.
Interested in being a reviewer? Contact email@example.com.
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:
- Do your homework!
- Find out what you can about a foundation’s interests before you initiate contact.
- Check website
- Published guidelines, annual reports, 990
- Read and follow directions!
- Match your request to the types and size of grant the foundation prefers.
- Follow the suggested format and tips.
- 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:
And 6 key qualities: