How I Organize My Grant Writing Process

How I Organize My Grant Writing Process

I hate writing.  The idea of staring at a blank screen with a looming deadline in front of me gives me anxiety. Yet, writing is a huge part of all of my jobs. Somehow, I still manage to push through and end up with a decent product.  When it comes to grant writing, the feeling for me is magnified. It is easy to be intimidated by the task of convincing a funder to believe in my words. So how do I manage to get from white space to finished product?

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What are the different types of grants?

The grants space is a vast universe made of many different moving parts, including grant applications, funders, community partners and the like.  It’s easy to think that every grant you pursue is the same, but that’s not the case. More than likely, every new grant you encounter you will find a new question or a requirement. Even seasoned grant writers still encounter new processes, questions, or requirements that they've never seen before. Funders come in all shapes and sizes, and so what they request of you will come in different forms, too.  Though every grant process is different, you will generally see the same types of grants.

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Where are the startup grants for nonprofits?

Where are the startup grants for nonprofits?

It is the #1 question I hear. Every month, it comes up in my Facebook group.  Where can I find start-up grants for my nonprofit?

It sounds like a simple question, but I find myself hesitating because it really isn’t that simple.  Most people who ask that question haven’t yet come to grips with their unrealistic views of how a nonprofit functions.  Answering the question is not as simple as giving you a list of funders (wouldn’t life be easy that way), but it means a better understanding of how grant-making works and how to approach your grant writing strategy overall.

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Six Things We Can Learn from the Black Church About Fundraising

Six Things We Can Learn from the Black Church About Fundraising

I grew up in a historically black church.  Built in 1864, it first served as the only black school in the community and then transitioned into a Methodist church where the majority of the community went (if they were not Catholic)  Today, my church is like most typical churches. We average about 120 members a Sunday, and we have remnants of very large families who have been there for decades. I still attend today and am actively involved.

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What I Wish You Knew Before You Started Your Nonprofit

What I Wish You Knew Before You Started Your Nonprofit

Dear Nonprofit Founder, or Soon-to-Be-Founder, this post is for you.  I want you to come take a seat and chat with me just a little while.  When I started Boss on a Budget®, I specifically had you in mind because I noticed the void.  I noticed that resources for nonprofits are almost targeted to organizations that are already established.  Most resources, articles, blog posts, and trainings don’t focus on helping small grassroots organizations and movements build resources and thrive.  So, here we are.

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