Be Prepared

Most first-time grant applications are rejected. Avoid this by following our advice. Prepare your organization with the following:

Be prepared

Identify the needs of your target audience, your purchase wish list and the amount of programmatic dollars. Maintain a folder of newspaper articles and statistics that establish need. Maintain another folder of everything previously written about your organization.

A grant writer at GrantWriterTeam can help you write the sections of a grant proposal like the Proposal Summary, Organization Description, History and Background, Needs, Project Description, Goals, Objectives, Evaluation, Project Timeline, and Budget. 

Try to Establish a Relationship

Because most first-time grant applications are rejected, it is integral to get to know the funding source, like a foundation, before applying for one of their grants. Who and what have they funded in the past? What are their funding priorities and interests? Read everything you can find about them and pick up the phone and talk to the grants and investment director (if they accept calls). Ask about their goals, mission and vision. Tell them about your project and discuss whether or not your project is in line with their school of thought.

Get a Grant Writer

After establishing this relationship and positively determining a match with your project’s goals and the funding source’s priorities, it’s time to start working on your grant application.

Assuming you have 501(c)3 status, SAM registration, and a DUNS number, get a grant writer. Often, grant writers work for freelance or your organization may have a grant writer of your own. A good option would be to request a grant writer from GrantWriterTeam.com because not only do these grant writers write grants, they help search for grants, too.

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Review Eligibility

Remember to thoroughly review the grant eligibility before deciding to apply. A grant writer at GrantWriterTeam can help you determine your eligibility while searching for grants for you. On GrantWatch.com, eligibility criteria are clearly spelled out under the eligibility section of the grant details. A grant writer needs clear information so provide them with details about your organization and budget. This will make the process of grant writing smoother for the writer and provide you with a cohesive and thorough grant proposal.

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GrantWriterTeam.com is where a match is made between grant writers and grant seekers. A grant seeker completes a request for a writer with an administrative fee of $50 and waits to hear back from multiple writers bidding on their project. Writing samples, a list of awarded grants, experience and expertise are emailed to the grant seeker.

Once the grant writer is chosen, he/she contacts the grant seeker to discuss deliverables such as drafts of the proposal and rates. If you’re looking for a grant writer, go to GrantWriterTeam.com. 

Ghost-Grant Writers

Joining the Team: if you are an experienced skilled grant writer, it is easy enough. Fill out the application at I Am a Grant Writer

We have a customer support specialist at 561 249-4129, support@grantwriterteam.com, that will help you every step of the way. 

What we're looking for is grant writers with 3 or more successful funded grants under their belts who can provide one-page writing samples from each of the 3 grant proposals. This would illustrate to our clients your writing style and experience as a grant writer.

What Happens Once You Join the Team?

After you complete the administration requirements and your profile is approved, you will begin bidding and most likely be chosen for a job. You will then contact the client and work out deliverables and a payment schedule through our portal. 

What's a Ghostwriter?

You might be wondering, what is ghostwriting? This is when you accept payment for writing but the funding source does not know your name. At GrantWriterTeam.com, you will be a ghostwriter. So, you will not be the point of contact for the grants you write. But, it is likely that your client will be happy to receive your services and hire you for a 2nd or 3rd grant. It’s also important to know all payments will be received through the GrantWriterTeam.com portal.

 

About the Author: Staff Writer writes for GrantWatch.com and its affiliate websites.

Common Grant Writing Mistakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So let’s first look at the budget. Consider the needs of  your target audience, the goals of  your organization and whether or not the grant will meet your needs.  Your goals, budget, community needs and the funding sources priorities will be the roadmap for your objectives, activities, and evaluation. Write a preliminary document with different sections like a budget, objectives, and evaluation. If you don't think you're up for it, hire a grant writer from GrantWriterTeam.com.

Budget

Start with this section. It should reflect the number of people you want to serve. This section should include materials, and other resources needed for activities. List staff that will help accomplish the program’s objectives.

To determine the details of your budget, look at the RFP (Request For Proposal) for what the funding source will or will not pay for. Have your goals and objectives in mind to create a budget. In this way, your budget will provide for your activities, too. 

Monetary Need

As a grant writer, there are certain things you need to relay to the funding source. Often, inexperienced grant writers or novice grant applicants fail to address some pivotal ideas. It’s most important to convey that your program’s goals and objectives are in response to monetary need. If you fail to address your objectives or the need for funding, your proposal will most likely not be funded.

According to Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWriterTeam.com, "You do not ever want to start writing a grant proposal if the funding amount or the items they fund do not meet your needs." 

For a professional grant writer, contact GrantWriterTeam.com to apply. Then carefully read the request for proposals (RFP) for what they will and will not fund or pay for.

Objectives

Within the objectives section, state your single or multiple objectives. Remember, objectives should be SMART. This means they should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-oriented.

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Activities

Applicants often fail to explain what they would do with funds. Your activities should support the objective. Here, you will outline your program. This section should provide a rationale for the program. Explain what is going to happen during the period of the grant; essentially, what you’re going to do. Provide a timeframe to accomplish the activities in the program.

Evaluation

Grant applicants often fail to include who and what evaluations will be used to determine if the objectives were met. In the evaluation section, describe measurable outcomes. Describe methods for collecting data and analyzing the outcomes. Also, discuss the timeline for the evaluation. Consider hiring an evaluator for your program. In fact, the grant writers at GrantWriterTeam.com can perform evaluations, in addition to writing proposals.

The evaluation section should be comprised of 2 sub-sections: a formative evaluation of development and a summative evaluation of the impact on the target audience. (EXPLAIN THESE TWO BRIEFLY). In the evaluation section, you should also identify goals within your objectives as well as indicators. This helps assess the progress of the proposed program.

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A grant writer from GrantWriterTeam can help you complete all of these sections of the proposal, plus more. Don’t make these mistakes, talk to a professional. If you’re looking for a grant writer, request one with GrantWriterTeam.com

About the Author: Staff Writer writes for GrantWatch.com and its affiliates.

Grant Writing for Success!

If you have ever cringed at the thought of writing a grant proposal, you are certainly in the majority. But while there seems to be a stigma associated with the process, the fear of getting started may often be misplaced. Preparing a grant proposal does not require you to be a poet laureate or a fancy wordsmith. In fact, complex sentences and fancy words are more likely to cause more harm than good. So, if it isn't about being a phenomenal writer, then what is grant writing all about? It's actually not as complicated as you would think.

1. Know your project. Develop an elevator speech. If you can describe your project in the time it takes to ride an elevator up 3 floors, then you have a good handle on your subject. Focus on key terms. What is the issue or problem your project solves? How? Who does it solve the problem for? What is the cost? What will you do when it is over? You should be able to answer these big questions in 30 seconds to one minute.

2. Collaborate: Look at your project and the problem you are trying to solve. What other issues might your project affect? Are there other organizations that would be interested in collaborating with you on your project, with minimal effort? This could maximize the potential for funding by allowing you to hit multiple agendas on an organization's funding initiatives. It may also increase the visibility of your brand.

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3. Know your funder. Search for your funder on the web. Check their Form 990's as well. Look to see if their funding initiatives or stated interests match the terms used in your elevator speech. If you think there is a fit, look at the projects they have funded in the past. You want to make sure they fund similar size and types of projects and entities (i.e., individual, corporation, or non-profit).  Some organizations only fund large, million and multi-million dollar projects, while others deal in much smaller quantities.

4. KIS: Keep it simple. Follow your funder's application instructions. Avoid complex sentences. Do not show off by using long words or vocabulary that only someone in your industry would know. If you must use an acronym, always define it first. Too many complex sentences, industry jargon, and acronyms can cause the reviewer to set your proposal aside. Most importantly, always have at least one other person proofread your proposal before you submit it.

By following these 4 simple tips, you can place your proposal firmly in the "YES" pile and avoid rejection.

About the Author: Allison Boroda is a writer who lives in Lubbock, Texas with her Husky, Sitka. She is a consultant for the School of Art (SOA) at Texas Tech University (TTU), and her writing has been featured in Burros Mini Mental Measurements Yearbook, two TTU publications. She has also been acknowledged by author Maryanne Raphael.

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