Grant writing involves solid planning and organization and finding appropriate funding to support your organization’s mission can be a challenge. Often overlooked is a clear understanding of the grantmaker's guidelines. A comprehensive funding search provides your organization with detailed information on prospective funding sources that provide consistency between the purpose and goals of the project and potential funding agencies.
Writing the narrative portion of a grant is the story of who, what, when, where, why, and how. Every grant has two primary parts: the narrative and the budget. Grant writing includes paying attention to detail and proposal specifications, clarifying the project purpose and defining project goals and objectives, using concise, persuasive writing, and requesting reasonable funding.
LETTERS OF INQUIRY & LETTER REQUESTS
Many foundation and corporate funding sources require a one or two-page letter of inquiry before writing or submitting a grant proposal to the foundation in order to ensure the proposal will fit within the foundation's guidelines and mission. The purpose of a letter of inquiry/request is to provide a brief outline of an organization’s activities and a request for funding to determine if there is sufficient interest to warrant submitting a full proposal. This saves the time of the prospective donor and the time and resources of the prospective applicant.
The project management service is offered to those organizations or institutions that do not have the staff capacity to implement all areas of the grant-funded project. Project management includes working with organization employees to ensure that project goals and objectives are met according to the project timeline and that the project is in compliance with all relevant grant provisions and regulations. Project management may also include staff management, research, data collection, evaluation or reporting.
Program development includes activities directly related to either the establishment of a new service(s) or the improvement, expansion, or integration of an existing service(s). Program development may include conducting a needs assessment to determine if the planned program fits with your organization’s mission, establishing project goals and or deliverables of the project, evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of existing administrative and technical resources, and identifying and meeting with key community leaders and organizations to establish partnerships.