Grant Writing


For some people the mention of the words “grant writing” is enough for them to automatically say phrases like: “I don’t have enough time”, “It is too hard “, ” I can’t find anyone that wants to fund our project”. Relax! Know that grant writing, like most things in life, is a step-by-step process. You can do it! Obviously you are a professional and expert in your job, and you believe in the organization you work for or you would not be reading this. Trust me you are! You need to take that knowledge and passion and FOLLOW DIRECTIONS! A huge part about writing a grant is reading and doing what is asked of you to do. The next biggest part is being able to explain the who, what, when, where and why you do what you do to the casual reader. Grant writing is a challenge and it does take time. Yet, the process can be done.

Let me caution all organizations on one fact that seems to be missed or over looked. Getting a grant from a foundation, individual or corporation should always be looked at as a bonus. If you rely on a grant as your only source of funding or if you find yourself caught in the trap of renaming the same project and twisting it around trying hard to meet a field of interest that doesn’t really work, stop what you are doing now! You are not building long-term growth for your organization and you may actually be harming it in the long run. Grants, for the most part, do not equal long-term funding. A healthy attitude to take about any grant is to view it as a bonus to your organization.

The Funding Information Center provides tools to help you build and sustain your programs and activities. You’ll find funding ideas as well as strategies on how to apply for federal grants.
Federal Grants
Youth Funding Agencies
U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Online Tool for Grant Applicants
Office of Justice Programs Grants 101

Grants, Loans, and Other Assistance

Management and Operations

Tax Information

Stats on Grants is devoted to providing free resources for both advanced grantwriting consultants and inexperienced nonprofit staff.
Proposal Writing & Research Development Links is an excellent source provided by the Office of Research Affairs of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus.
Need More? Read: Basic Elements of Grant Writing
Writing Grants Resource Tools:

Grants and Related Resources : National Grant Makers
The Nonprofit Gateway – This site, developed by the federal government, offers a connection to various government sites of interest to nonprofits.

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education – The primary organization for college and university fundraisers, the CASE site includes news, links and important professional development information.
Association for Professional Research for Advancement – The primary organization for prospect researchers offers a page with links to various databases and professional information.

Management Concepts’ Grants & Assistance Training Management Concepts offers over 20 courses in federal grants administration, including how to apply for and manage grants, draft narratives and develop budgets, and more.

Additional Resources – Provided by Matty and Ms. Sarah Golding

Developing Ideas for the Proposal

Community Support

Identification of a Funding Resource

Getting Organized to Write the Proposal

Outlining Project Goals

Presenting a Credible Applicant or Organization

Stating the Problem/Purpose

Designing a Plan of Action

Planning the Budget

Other Grant Resources