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Blog Article - Tips for Success in the Evolving Field of Grant Development
By: Joan Oswald, GPC
The first grant I wrote, back in 1995, was awarded - $25,000 for an HIV/AIDS - prevention program. Talk about reinforcement! Twenty years later, I still love grant writing; but now I spend most of my time reviewing grant proposals - for government agencies and for the Miller-Dwan Foundation where I am a Grants Specialist. As both a grant writer and a grant maker, I've had the chance to view the evolving field of grant development from a unique perspective. This article reviews grant writing from the perspective of a grant maker and provides tips to help ensure that your proposal is successful.

New Blog Article - Building Relationships with Grantmakers
By: Sheryl Kaplan

Building good relationships with grantmakers has many benefits: you can obtain inside information; the staff member can advocate for your proposal; she may offer to review it before you send it; and you have a chance with some foundations that preclude unsolicited applications based on her recommendation of your organization. 

2015 GPA Pioneer Award - Nominations are now open!

Nominate an organization that has done extraordinary work in the grant profession for the 2015 GPA Pioneer Award. The GPA Pioneer Award recognizes the visionary contributions in grant making by those grant-makers that have impacted their community and the field of grantsmanship. Specifically, it recognizes a grant-maker that has impacted and improved the way grant professionals do their work. Deadline is June 15, 2015.

2015 GPA Conference Workshops Announced!

We are excited to announce the breakout sessions for GPA'S Annual Conference that will take place this fall in St. Louis, Missouri on November 11-14, 2015. Access the schedule and register today to make sure you are part of the premeir event for grant professionals!

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  • Building Relationships with Grantmakers

    • Friday, May 29, 2015
    • Sheryl Kaplan

    Building good relationships with grantmakers has many benefits: you can obtain inside information; the staff member can advocate for your proposal; she may offer to review it before you send it; and you have a chance with some foundations that preclude unsolicited applications based on her recommendation of your organization.   Contacting a grantmaker without having researched it wastes time and effort and can make you seem unprofessional. Foundations keep a record of these contacts; furthermore, they communicate with each other.   The first step in finding grantmakers that may be interested in supporting your project/organization is to research funders that share your goals. 

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  • The Power of the Story in a Grant Application

    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    • Rachel Werner

    By: Rachel Werner, MPA, GPC, PMP Most of you who write grant applications always include the basic components: statement of need, project design, sustainability plan, evaluation strategy, budget and budget narrative. This is what makes you successful-identifying the required components and preparing an application that meets these requirements. However, as you write application after application (especially for the same organization) you often can lose sight of what's important and why you seek funding. Here are some considerations to help ensure you bring in the element of the story.

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  • Tips for Success in the Evolving Field of Grant Development

    • Monday, May 18, 2015
    • JoanOswald

    The first grant I wrote, back in 1995, was awarded - $25,000 for an HIV/AIDS - prevention program. Talk about reinforcement! Twenty years later, I still love grant writing; but now I spend most of my time reviewing grant proposals - for government agencies and for the Miller-Dwan Foundation where I am a Grants Specialist. As both a grant writer and a grant maker, I've had the chance to view the evolving field of grant development from a unique perspective. This article reviews grant writing from the perspective of a grant maker and provides tips to help ensure that your proposal is successful.

    Read More »