Should Your Nonprofit Go for a Government Grant?

NEW: Guide to Emergency Federal Grants During Crisis The CARES Act passed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak has designated billions of dollars to federal agencies to be made quickly available in the form of competitive grants to organizations that span the nonprofit sector. This Guide to Federal Grants During Crisis includes detailed information…

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Open the Door to “Invitation Only” Grant Funders

Is the door closed to a proposal? Don’t be discouraged! Build a strategy to open the door.  When you throw a party, you don’t open it up to the public. Instead you invite those with whom you share a connection, a history, or a mutual interest. The people who lead a private or family foundation…

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Spotlight on Nonprofit Marketing
Q&A with Ceci Dadisman

Having a smart marketing practice in place for your organization can influence the success of your fundraising and grant seeking effort. To learn more, we talked to Ceci Dadisman, a national expert on nonprofit marketing and communications. Ceci is a celebrated speaker and trainer who travels the country to empower and inspire nonprofit leaders. Via…

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How to Find Grant Opportunities Your Nonprofit Can Win

“There must be more grant funding out there for my organization!” It’s a frequent feeling among nonprofit leaders: the gnawing anxiety that they are missing out on grants. Fortunately, there’s a cure. Following is our prescription to ensure your grants program is on track and that you’re taking full advantage of grant opportunities for your…

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Top Reasons Grant Proposals are Rejected (and How to Improve Your Odds)

Grant seeking is highly competitive. Especially when approaching a foundation or seeking support for a new program for the first time, the chances of being declined are far better than the likelihood of being funded. Following are the chief reasons foundation funding requests are rejected, and approaches to beat the odds and hone your winning…

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Restoring Trust with Grant Funders

If a grant funder has trust in an organization and its leaders, they are more likely to give a grant—and later to give again. But sometimes things happen that can shake a funder’s trust. In these situations, it’s important to take proactive steps to recognize and remedy the issue. Following are tips for managing difficult…

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Client Spotlight: Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is gearing up for Velocity, a six-year initiative that will put Cleveland in the national spotlight by bringing some of the biggest sporting events to the city. Velocity is expected to generate more than $280 million in economic impact for Cleveland, but requires significant investment to get there. With a…

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Abracadabra: 10 Steps to Grants Magic

Winning a big grant can almost feel like magic: a major award can capture attention, summon other support, and even transform an organization or community. What’s the trick to conjuring such success? No tricks at all—just the powerful alchemy of planful funder cultivation, stewardship, and affirmation.    Try this potion for prosperity:  Pre-Award Cultivation: Introduce, Inspire,…

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Congressional Earmarks: An Update for Nonprofits as of February 20, 2019

Are Congressional earmarks coming back? To better understand, Grants Plus hosted an informational forum featuring Lee Weingart, President of LNE Group, who gave the following advice to nonprofits who could stand to gain millions of dollars in earmarked funds for local projects.   GP: What is the status of earmarks? LW: Federal budget uncertainty still…

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