Grant Writing Confidential header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Clients'

Standard At-Risk Youth or Ex-Offender Empowerment Program: Improve Lives Through “X!”

February 22nd, 2015 · 2 Comments

A standard pitch for at-risk youth empowerment grant proposals is simple: We’ll give youth access to X, and through their love of or learning about X they’ll become better students / scholars / workers / people. “X” can be any number of things: To name a few of the projects we’ve worked on over the [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Advice · Clients · Programs

When All Else Fails, Use Common Sense In Writing Proposals and Developing Budgets

February 15th, 2015 · No Comments

As we’ve written before, it’s important to carefully follow RFP directions when writing any proposal. Still, many RFPs are poorly written, repetitive, and often contradictory. If one finds a significant issue in the RFP, the only recourse is to contact the Program Officer listed in the RFP and ask for clarification in writing. If you [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Budgets · Clients · Grants

Shorter Deadlines Are Sometimes Better for Organizations and Grant Writers

February 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment

It seems intuitive that having more time to complete a task would result in a better final product. But in grant writing—and other fields—that’s sometimes not the case. The reason is simple: more time sometimes allows organizations to edit their proposals into oblivion or let everyone contribute their “ideas,” no matter poorly conceived or how [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Advice · Clients · Grants · Writing

We’re Not Taking Sides: We’re Describing How Grant Programs, Like Those Related to Domestic Violence, Get Funded

September 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

In Isaac’s post about the NFL spurring new interest in domestic violence, he points out the likely public response to the issue: more grant money. He’s showing what is likely to happen, and he is tracing the formation of a new grant wave—as we have done before. We want to clarify one point: we aren’t [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Clients · Foundations · Grants

Collaboration Again: A Story From the Trenches

September 20th, 2014 · No Comments

We’re working on a project for a client who needs two things: a lot of data that isn’t easily publicly available and the dreaded letters of collaboration from other local providers (which we’ve written about in the context of Susan G. Komen, Mark Zuckerberg, and Community-Based Job Training). We have to be vague on the [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Advice · Clients · Government

Grant Writer as Ghost Writer: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Conundrum

August 1st, 2014 · 5 Comments

At our most basic level, we grant writers are nothing more than ghost writers. Ghost writing is sometimes referred to as the world’s second oldest profession, and there’s probably some truth to that. While ghost writers haunt (sorry about that) every strain of writing, ghost writing is largely veiled from the real world. Andrew Crofts’s [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Advice · Clients · Stories

One Foundation Grant Can Lead to Another: A Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Funding Story

July 13th, 2014 · No Comments

A few years ago we conducted foundation grant source research and wrote ten foundation proposals for a national membership nonprofit that wanted to do a complex education study. One of the national foundations we identified, and wrote a proposal to, awarded the client $200,000. The award is terrific but not the end of the story—if [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Clients · Foundations · Grants

The Challenges of Seeking Grants for a New Facility

May 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Facility grants are among the most difficult grants for a nonprofit to secure and almost impossible for a new organization with no track record. Last week, a guy in Atlanta called about grants for a transitional living facility for pregnant teens. I immediately asked the caller if his organization had received its IRS Letter of [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Advice · Clients · Nonprofits · Stories

Don’t Overmatch: You Need to Look Like You Need the Money

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

As you no doubt know, many grant programs require matching funds, and we’ve exposed the secrets of matching funds. But in that post we didn’t mention one other key aspect of matching funds: don’t overmatch. If there’s a 10% match, get a 10% match—and no more. There’s a signaling hazard: If you come up with [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Advice · Clients · Government · Grants

Fallible FedEx and Federal Deadlines

February 16th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Some things just can’t happen unless the time is right. When we dreamt up Seliger + Associates about 21 years ago, all grant proposal submittals were paper-based, usually involving an original with wet signatures and multiple copies—sometimes as many as ten, despite the Federal Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980. In the early stages of Seliger [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Clients · Deadlines · Government · Stories