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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Webinar: Grant Writing 101: Basics for Beginners

In the GetEdFunding webinar, "Grant Writing 101: Basics for Beginners," Louisiana educator Terri Simpson presents tips and tricks for grant writing based on her own success securing grants and her experience in helping others with grants.
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Webinar: The Funding Outlook in Education

In the GetEdFunding community's first webinar, Dr. Jenny House provides an update on the funding landscape for 2014. She addresses the following questions:
     -What does the federal funding look like for the rest of the school year?
     -Are there any new funds on the horizon?
     -What are the latest funding trends in the states?
     -What money can you get a hold of NOW vs. for the 2014-2015 school 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.

Seven Qualities of Excellent Grant Proposals

Source: #fundchat (A Weekly Twitter Chat Among Nonprofit Fundraising Professionals)
Writing a compelling and complete grant proposal can be a daunting task. This article will help you zone in on the main characteristics of a successful proposal.
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The Logic in Writing a Grant Proposal

Source: The NonProfit Times
Winning proposals will not only prove their case for support; they will also be clearly written so that they can easily be understood by the funding source. Here are a few tips to help you better articulate your request.
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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.

Proposal Budgeting Basics Webinar

Source: Foundation Center
Watch this webinar to answer budgeting questions such as:
     -What are the components of a project budget?
     -How do you determine reasonable costs?
     -What financial documents do funders want to see?
     -What do you do with your budget after the grant?

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Fiscal Sponsors

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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Spring 2014 Big Deal Book of Technology

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Applications Not Accepted: Get on Their Radar

Source: GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center
What can you do when an organization does not accept unsolicited proposals? Read this transcript of a live chat for tips on how to approach these organizations and get your proposal noticed.
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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 actvities. This article provides tips specifically for writing grants for STEM projects, but the tips can be applied to any subject.
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How to Write Capacity-Building Grants

Source: Laura Minnegerod, eHow Presenter
Capacity-building grants are typically on a much larger scale than classroom grants. However, the fundamentals of applying for these grants remain the same. This video provides some insights into how to make the most of grant opportunities for your district or school.
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Knowledge Base: What Should Be Included in a Letter of Inquiry?

Source: GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center
Many foundations now prefer letters of inquiry to determine if they have an interest in a project before accepting a full proposal. Here is some advice on how to write a letter of inquiry that helps to promote your project.
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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 Eagle 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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Dispelling Five Common Grant-Seeking Myths

Source: Deborah Ward, eSchoolNews
You want to apply for a grant, but you've heard much about the process of grant seeking and aren't sure if what you've heard is true. This article dispels some of the common myths.
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Finding Credible Sources for Your Grant's Needs Statement

Source: Professional Grant Writer
Your needs statement describes in detail the problem the grant will address, setting up the rationale for your grant award. Without a strong needs statement, your grant application will be weak and will likely be thrown into the rejection pile. Here are some tips to help your needs statement carry your grant application.
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Grant Writing Tips 1 and 2

Source: The TechKNOW Classroom
You've found a grant you want to apply for. Now what? Rather than get overwhelmed by the task, follow these tried-and-true trips for writing a successful grant proposal, provided by a fifth-grade teacher.
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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 flexbility. 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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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 will need from the funding agency to successfully implement your project.
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Potential "Red Flags" When Your Proposal Is Being Reviewed

Source: GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center
When you're writing a grant proposal, it is often helpful to know the "red flags" grant reviewers look for in the proposals submitted to them. In this short video, grant reviewers share the issues in a proposal that raise a red flag for them. Does your proposal contain any of these red flags that might get your proposal denied?
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Federal Grants Writing Workshop

Source: US Congressional Respresentative John Conyers, Host of Grant Writing Workshop
Understanding the ins and outs of federal grant writing is a complicated and time-consuming process. Education grants specialist Merlene Alicia Vassall walks through the process and provides best-of-practice tips for grant writing experts and novices alike.
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How to Get a Grant? What's Most Important?

Source: The Grantsmanship Center, Webinar from the Grant Writing Proposal Series
The "problem" (why you need the funds) is at the heart of any grant proposal. This is the most critical aspect of a grant proposal because if your need is not communicated well, your proposal loses impact. Here are some tips to make sure you express the reason for your need clearly and effectively!
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Grant Writing Tips & Advice

Source: Grant Writing Coach, Rodney D. Walker
Grant writing is more than making sure you have all of the technical details correct. It's about the relationships you have, not just with the organization that's awarding the money, but within your own organization and your community. Are these relationships coming through in your grant applications?
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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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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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Webinar: Introduction to Fundraising Planning

Source: GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center
When raising money for your school, you need a fundraising plan. The tips in this webinar will help you get organized to make the most of your fundraising.
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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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How to Apply for Federal Grants

Source: The Grantsmanship Center
Federal grant applications are complex and include a language of their own. If you're new to grant writing, take the time to become familiar with the standard eight-section proposal format and what is expected in each category. You'll find the next federal RFP much easier to understand!
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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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7 Reasons Your Grant Proposals are Being Rejected

Source: Non-Profit 2.0
There are a lot of reasons why some grant applications don't rise to the top. It can be as simple as poor spelling and grammar or more complex, like a lack of supporting data. To improve your chances of success, make sure every application you write follows seven simple guidelines.
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Classroom Technology: How technology can increase teaching and learning outcomes

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Beyond the Connected Classroom: Planning the right infrastructure to deliver 21st century education

Read this thought leadership paper, with research provided by the Center for Digital Education, to help you carefully evaluate the options for both network technologies and solution providers so they can make the right investments to fit their educational needs and budget.
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A Day in the Life of an Educator Using Cisco Collaboration Solutions

Watch this video to find the answers to some of the pressing questions facing educators: How can collaboration technologies help improve student performance? How might educators innovate to better engage with students? And more.
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