Monday, September 24, 2007

The "Where?" In Grant Writing...

You may ask, "I'm doing the grant writing now! Where do I do the following...?!"

Researching who will give your organization a grant can happen online, on a CD ROM, for free in a public library that houses The Foundation Center's Cooperating Collection, in your office looking over files of past grant applications to learn what past funders may still fund your organization, talking with other grant writers (yes, it is OK to do that; see my posts Yes, Grant Writers Should Schmooze Amongst Themselves! Discuss! and This Week A Group of Grant Writers Networked Among Themselves... ), or in your public library or at your desk with The Foundation Databook for your state.

Announce the grants that you receive to your organization (the board, staff, volunteers, clientele, and donors) in your organization's newsletter, to the local press, and other organization that you are currently applying for a grant to.

Call potential grant donors, if they say that phone calls are OK, at the phone number that they list in their grant giving guidelines. The address to send the grant application should be in the giving guidelines, too. (See my post, About Giving Guidelines if these are a mystery).

Meet with your Executive Director or programs staff/volunteers at a nearby coffee shop, in your conference room, or in their office to ask what is going to need funding, what will likely be best funded by a grant (not everything is - see my posts, What Does Not Get Funded Well By Grants? and What Campaigns, Program, and Items Get Grants? ), and to determine when the new item, project, program, etc. will need to have received the grant(s) to determine your work timeline.

Grant writers work where they can concentrate, write, re-write, think, call or talk to colleagues, access the Internet, lay out files and books, etc.

Your colleagues talk with you about what they're going to need grants for, to ask the progress on a grant application that is underway or under review, etc. through a clear, easy, and thorough process that you set up and teach them about. (See my post, Coordinating Office Colleagues' Grant Needs)

The board of directors learn about the current work and progress of your grant work through regular reports at their board meetings. Give your executive director (or whomever reports to them on the staff's work regularly) a regular standard grant work report.

The grant donor learns about the work that your organization did with their grant when you submit to them (whether they request one or not) and end of grant report. (See my post, Reporting to Grant Donor After End of Project ).

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