Love’s Labour’s Lost… Your grant wasn’t funded 💔

What can you do when you receive a letter of declination? Here are some ideas: For federal proposals, you should receive panel feedback and scores on your application. Take the time to go through these, as you can likely improve your score on next year’s grant round. Many federal agencies post winning proposals on their websites.…

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The Non-Monetary Value of Grant Seeking 👫

Even if you are not funded, the process of putting together an ambitious proposal, including a budget and all the attachments, can pay off. A significant grant proposal forces planning and organization to happen quickly because you have a deadline and a list of requirements. Those general thoughts of “we should update our financials and our…

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What happens after you hit submit? 🤞

At The Grants Collective, we’ve seen a lot of grants get submitted with sweaty palms and jittery fingers, and we’ve been known to pop the bubbly over some particularly cantankerous submissions. Inevitably, we’re asked, What happens next?  We’ve volunteered for and worked as grant reviewers for community foundations, state programs, and federal agencies, so we can give…

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When is a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words?

High Impact Use of Charts in Grant Seeking Charts can be a powerful addition to grant narratives and other proposal elements. Conversely, they can be a confusing or misleading waste of space. Here’s some considerations for using charts, types of charts and the data they represent, and tips for chart formatting. We use charts to…

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