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Getting Started with Grant Writing

So, you want to write a grant. Great!

Are you a 501(c)(3) nonprofit?  Even better. 

Most foundation grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofits. However, a lot of people think that's all you need to do to "get a grant" is "be a nonprofit."  That's just not true.

In fact, there are a lot of things you need to do to position yourself to be ready to write grants - and win them.

For instance, you should 

  1. Consider the "big picture" and how you'll raise money.
    Think beyond grants. How will you get the money you need to get your program up and running, and how will you keep in going after a grant ends?
  2. Research your best grant opportunities.
    You need to understand a foundation's giving priorities, when they accept applications (if they accept applications), and if the effort is worth the potential award. 
  3. Call the foundation before you apply.
    You can save yourself (and the foundation) a lot of time if you talk to someone before you apply. Ask questions, pitch your proposal, and gauge the foundation's interest.

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What nonprofits say...

"Working with Laura streamlined the incredibly complex process of grant writing.  She got to know our organization and projects and translated that knowledge into a clear set of steps for us to move forward and grow."

Gregg Treinish, Executive Director, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation