Fall 2015 Big Deal Book of Technology

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How to Win Corporate and Foundation Grants for Your Tech Project

Source: The Journal

Grants from Corporations may be a way to source grant monies for technology projects. Here are six easy steps to follow.



Formula for a Perfect Grant Application: Part I

A Proven Need + An Innovative Idea

By Barbara Norris Coates
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Formula for a Perfect Grant Application: Part II

A Written Plan + A Superhero Funder

By Barbara Norris Coates
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Spring 2015 Big Deal Book of Technology

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Finding and Winning Grants

Source: PTO Today

Following a few basic rules can ease the way to grant writing success.



How to Make the Right Decision on Your Grant Money

Source: Houston Chronicle

Funders might retract grant money if it is not used as proposed. Grant applicants must know how to use their funds before developing a grant proposal.



Time Management Tips for Grant Writers

Source: The Grant Goddess speaks blog

Effective time managementis one of the most valuable skills when writing a grant application.



Advice on Writing Proposals to the National Science Foundation

Source: Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

Advice for writing research grants to the National Science Foundation (NSF), including the latest versions of NSF forms.



Successful Grant Writing Strategies - Identify and Contact Potential Funders

Source: Texas Instruments

Once you have defined your funding need, you must identify potential granting organizations. Here are some helpful tips to find the right funder and how and when to contact them.

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Differences Between Starting a Nonprofit and Using a Fiscal Sponsor

Source: United Charitable Programs

There are a number of issues to consider when deciding to create an independent nonprofit organization or using an existing charity to be a program sponsor. Let this article help you explore them.



Building Fundable Budgets

Source: Charity Channel Press

Budget and budget narrative are key areas in which many grant proposals fall short. A poorly written budget can ruin an otherwise good proposal. Here are some tips for writing fundable budgets and responsive budget narratives.



Connecting Community Projects with Fiscal Sponsors

Source: Fiscal Sponsorship Directory

Fiscal sponsorship can increase the number and diversity of community programs. The San Francisco Study Center created this directory as a tool to connect community projects with fiscal sponsors.

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Fiscal Sponsorship: Six Ways to Do It Wrong

Source: Nonprofit Law Blog

It is important for a sponsor and its project to understand the nature of their relationship. Here are six examples of how not to do it.



How to Write Grant Proposals: 8 Tips from an Expert

Source: American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Sukey Blanc, a member of the AAUW community and founder of Creative Research and Evaluation (CR&E), shares her tips on how to write a grant proposal that will get the attention it deserves.

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Develop Your Idea: The Prewriting Process for Grants Development

Source: Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

The prewriting process is a critical part of developing a project. This publication outlines steps and strategies to help you define your idea and create a plan to get that idea to the proposal stage.

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Grant Proposals (or Give Me the Money!)

Source: The Writing Center of the University of North Carolina College of Arts and Sciences

Academic grant writing varies across the disciplines. This practical guide gives advice on writing and revising grant proposals for research findings.


The 10 Most Common Grant Writing Mistakes

Source: Idiot's Guides. As Easy As It Gets!

Many proposals are never considered because of mistakes that can be avoided. Here are 10 of the most common ones.

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How to Establish Successful Partnerships and Secure Needed Documentation

Source: Resource Associates

Securing partners and obtaining quality documentation of the collaboration are some of the most important yet difficult parts of the grant-writing.
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How to Build A Strong Research Team: Tips on What Funders Are Looking For

Source: Dr. Lynda Tait's Academic Writing and Publishing Blog
Building the right team of people to help you complete your project is an essential part of submitting the perfect application. Here are some tips to help you find and build the perfect research team.
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Nonprofit Social Media: Defining "Success" For Your Nonprofit

Source: Wired Impact
There is great potential to leverage social media to help your nonprofit, but the use of social media is not an end on its own. This post will not explain "how to" use social media, but "why."
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Five Ways to Build Donor-Centered Relationships

Source: Get Fully Funded
Every nonprofit organization needs donors to survive, but it is a big challenge for many to get and retain them. This article lays out five tips on how you can build the right relationship with your donors and help sustain your organization year after year.
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Four Questions to Ask When Your Grant Request Is Denied

Source: Professional Grant Writer
Unfortunately, not all grant proposals will be successful. Instead of focusing on the negative outcome, read this article to use the denied grant as a learning opportunity for future grant requests.


Perfecting the Letter of Inquiry

Source: The NonProfit Times
If an organization is requesting a letter of inquiry, then be sure to make a good first impression. Read this article for help in concisely and clearly presenting your case to the funder.

Fiscal Sponsorship for Nonprofits

Source: National Council of Nonprofits
What is fiscal sponsorship? What does the fiscal sponsor do? This article will answer these questions and help you to understand the role of a sponsor in the grant-making process.
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How to Write Grants for the STEM Classroom

Source: Classroom Tips - The Blog
With tight budgets, many teachers are turning to grants to supplement their funds for resources that will enhance their students' learning opportunities in the classroom. Grants can enable teachers to invest in special projects, purchase equipment, and engage students in motivation-based activities. This article provides tips specifically for writing grants for STEM projects, but the tips can be applied to any subject.
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School Grant Application Tips

Source: Fundraiser Help
Here are a few tips to read before starting to write your first school grant proposal. This article is a great refresher even if you have a few grant applications under your belt!
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Grant Application Technical Assistance Resources

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Navigating the ins-and-outs of federal grants can be challenging. Check out these tips from the U.S. Department of Education to help you understand what's expected.
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How Social Media Can Help Your Grant Writing

Source: Professional Grant Writer
When writing a grant proposal, you want to use every resource at your fingertips, including social media. This article provides insight into how your grant writing may benefit from your use of social media.
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12 Tips for Completing and Submitting Online Applications

Source: Philanthropy News Digest
As more funding organizations require grant proposals to be submitted online, be sure you understand the difference between online and traditional paper grant applications. Check out these tips to make sure you don't lose anything when converting to a different format.
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Education Grants 101 - Reasons Why Proposals Are Not Funded

Source: Illinois State Board of Education
Successful grant writing requires concentrated effort and attention to details. It's the small things that can make a huge impact in whether a grant is approved. Check out these reasons why a proposal may not be funded to make sure you avoid common pitfalls.
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Grant Writing Tips

Source: Lone Eage Consulting
As schools and districts continue to encounter budget struggles, writing grant proposals is becoming the norm. Here are tips and resources for writing an award-winning proposal for your school or classroom.
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How to Write Educational Grants

Source: Sharon L. Cohen, eHow Contributor
While many common factors exist across all types of grant proposals, those for education funding have their own unique criteria. Check out this article to help you craft your next education proposal.
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Proposal Writing Short Course

Source: Foundation Center
Fundraising is an art as well as a science: It requires both creativity and flexibility. It also requires following a proven process for writing a successful proposal. This short tutorial provides an easy-to-follow walkthrough of the process of successful proposal writing.
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What Do Winning Proposals Have in Common?

Source: Gary Carnow, Scholastic
Do you wonder what makes the difference between a winning proposal and one that is rejected? Check out these ten common attributes from someone who has won more than $20 million in grant funds for his district.
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Getting Started: It's as Easy as A, B, C

Source: Scholastic
Most of us wait until a grant becomes available and then rush around to pull together the data to meet that grant's specific requirements. This online seminar flips that around and will teach you to be a proactive grant seeker, creating a proposal for a fundable program that meets existing needs.
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Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal: The Budget

Source: Learner Associates
One of the biggest challenges in writing a grant proposal is developing a budget for your project. Finding the balance between too much detail and not enough to demonstrate what your school or district will do with the grant funds is difficult. This article will help you create a realistic budget and carefully think through exactly what you need from the funding agency to successfully implement your project.
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Ten Ways to Make Your Grant Writer's Time Count

Source: Philanthropy News Digest
If your organization hires a grant writer, be sure that you are making the most of the writer's time. You can't expect a grant writer to be successful if you don't provide the tools needed to complete the grant application. Here are some tips to make sure you get the biggest "bang for your buck" - and the biggest grant, too!
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Tips for Writing and Managing a Federal Grant

Winning a federal grant is not an easy process, and managing your grant once you win it is often the beginning of the work. Check out these tips on what to do once you've been awarded a federal grant.
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Best Practices in Grant Writing

Source: The Monsanto Fund
Often the best way to write a great grant is to study successful grant applications and mimic their style and content. Check out the best practices outlined in these webinar slides and be sure to download and save the objectives and budget templates for use when preparing your next grant proposal.
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Grant Writing Toolkit: The Needs Statement

Source: Center for Nonprofit Excellence
A needs statement answers the question: "Why Care?" The needs statement of your grant proposal is key to getting reviewers emotionally involved and convinced that their funding can make a big difference in your community. This PDF "toolkit" dissects the needs statement and provides tips for writing a winning one.
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