Grant Writing 101

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations

While taking classes in the non-profit track, I learned that there was a lot more to grant writing than meets the eye. This epiphany, combined with the demand of non-profit employees throughout Buffalo, prompted the Communication and Leadership program to host a Grant Writing Seminar this Friday.

I talked with the host of the seminar, Dr. Jennifer Koch, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Canisius College about the skill of grant writing. Although Dr. Koch will go into more detail Friday, there are some key things to keep in mind when seeking funding from a foundation.

  1. Be Clear: This is the time to sell the project. The proposal needs to be well thought out and clear. It also has to be relevant. If the proposal does not answer the questions: So what? Then there may be question of how it benefits the target audience.
  2. Make it a Match: Make sure that the foundation’s mission aligns with the mission of your organization. A non-profit that focuses on literacy should not appeal to an organization that supports programs for nature preservation.
  3. Convey Worth: It is important to make sure that the foundation understands the expertise your organization can deliver. Use the proposal to convey the driving forces behind the project and connect it to the funders. This can be easier when the writer of the grant has intimate knowledge of the project, so it may be beneficial to have those who work closest to the project write the grant.

These are just a few tips that will be explored in more detail this Friday. What tips have you found helpful while writing grants?

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