I often have excited (or desperate) folks come to me to see if their project idea could be funded with a grant. Sometimes they are a slam dunk, sometimes I have to deliver the bad news that the project they’re wanting to fund is one that foundations and philanthropists are unlikely to consider. So, what … Continue reading What kind of project is a good fit for grant funding?
Alright now friends, you've gathered your content experts (even if that means it was just a matter of gathering your own wits) and you've followed my trusty "recipe" in Part I to craft a solid narrative. Now what? Well, this is where the MATH comes in. "What?" you gasp. You suddenly flash back to your freshman year … Continue reading Secrets of Grant-writing Revealed, Part III: Budget
In this post we’ll look at the issue of finding funders, a.k.a people with the great wads ‘o cash (that phrase from my Blackadder-watching days), as that seems to be the biggest obstacle for many people. But with the advent of the internet, it really isn’t too onerous. First, if your project is a large, … Continue reading Secrets of Grant-writing Revealed, Part II: Funders
Welcome to my three part series on the secrets of grant-writing. Spoiler alert: There aren't any secrets to writing grants. O.K., that’s not helpful, and I know before I got into the field it felt like I would need to know the secret grant-handshake, and have a wealth of content-specific knowledge before tackling an application. So … Continue reading Secrets of Grant-writing Revealed, Part I: Project design