More and more
grantmakers are demanding program evaluations
as a condition of funding. Management consultant
Carter McNamara lays out a framework for conducting
these evaluations, and he charts the various
methods available for gathering valuable data.
much to charge for grant preparation and research
is a question that vexes both consultants and
the organizations they work for. Members of
The Grantsmanship Center Forum, The Grantsmanship Center's online discussion group, offer their ideas and insights.
and contracts are sometimes confused, creating
misconceptions about the obligations they entail.
Veteran grants manager Henry Flood explains
the difference, both legally and practically.
the imperfect world of grants management, there's
no such thing as an ideal system for keeping
track of the voluminous paperwork that every
office generates. The key, according to
grants administrator Henry Flood, is to devise
a practical system that works for you-and anyone
who might succeed you.
the needs of nonprofits for technology increase,
so do the numbers of grant proposals for tech-related
projects and equipment. America Online's Michele
Cavataio has pored over thousands of requests
for tech funding. She knows which ones click-and
which ones don't.
Foundation Center recently released a detailed
report on the staffing patterns of grantmaking
foundations. It provides lots of statistical
data, but what does any of it mean for grantseekers?
The federal government
may not be as generous with construction funding
as it once was, but many departments still award
these grants for various purposes. Federal grants
expert Henry Flood tells what's available and
what to watch out for when applying. He also
offers a blueprint for managing the grant once
you have it.
grant award requires a process for tracking
project activities and demonstrating compliance
with the grantmaker's conditions. Grants
awarded by federal agencies are likely to have
especially rigorous compliance and performance
requirements, raising numerous questions in
the minds of grants managers. Veteran
grants administrator Henry Flood has compiled
a compendium of key resources for finding the
When it was officially
launched last December, the government's cross-agency
grants portal promised user-friendly, "one-stop
shopping for information on applying for all
federal grants." Is the new site living
up to the promise?
best grant proposals don't just make assertions.
They back up claims with facts. Both statistical
information and anecdotal evidence lend substance
to a proposal. Norton J. Kiritz shows how both
"hard data" and "soft data" can be used most
effectively to bolster your credibility and
sharpen your points.
evaluation can tell you if a program is really
working, but too many grantmakers and grant
recipients fail to plan for it. At a recent
symposium for social services providers in Columbus,
Ohio, a Grantsmanship Center trainer
explained how to integrate outcome evaluation
into the program planning process.
are RFPs, grant proposals, and other forms of
communication among philanthropic organizations
littered with jargon? Tony Proscio takes
a wry look at our addiction to buzzwords, dissects
a few trendy examples, and suggests some ways
to kick the habit.
When an Oregon-based
agency's federal grant application was rejected
solely because of a formatting glitch, the incident
sparked raillery and outrage. Susan Compo reports
on the Case of the Narrow Margins.
a program officer with the Kellogg Foundation,
Dr. Joel Orosz dispensed frank advice along
with grants. Speaking to a gathering of
Grantsmanship Center alumni, he provided an insider's perspective
on how foundations operate-and how grantseekers
should approach them.
agency submits a grant proposal to a longtime
funder and the program officer responds with
high praise. There's just one hitch-she
also wants you to redefine your mission.
What's a board to do? Three experts offer
their own advice.
J. Kiritz explains why â€śgrantwritingâ€ť is a misnomer
â€“ and why the basis of good proposal writing
is good planning.
are 24 regional associations of grantmakers
in the U.S., and half of them have already adopted
a standardized application format. That may
be good news for grantseekers looking for ways
to save time and cut paperwork. But a format
is only as good as the proposals it produces.
Do standardized application forms really promote
effective program planning? What are the strengths
and weaknesses of each of the various formats?
a lot more to grantsmanship than writing good
proposals. Veteran development professional
Martin Dickinson asked a number of successful
grantseekers to talk about what they do to win
support and build relationships with funders.
More and more
grantmakers are making it possible (and in some
cases, mandatory) for proposals to be submitted
electronically. Contributors to The Grantsmanship Center's Alumni Forum have some suggestions for handling the
process more smoothly.
While there are important differences between grant proposals for research and grant proposals for programs, there are also many parallels. Grantsmanship Center trainer Charles R. Putney outlines the major components of a standard research proposal, and he explains how they relate to similar components of a program proposal.
universal cover sheet for federal grant applications
looks simple enough. But since it's the first
thing a reviewer reads, it needs to be done
exactly right. Government grants expert Henry
Flood tells what to look out for, and why it
labor often accounts for a significant portion
of the in-kind match used to secure a grant.
Here's how to calculate its dollar value.
often view site visits with dread, but the vast
majority of grantmakers have fairly benevolent
motives for wanting to observe your work. Based
on interviews with several experienced program
officers, Joel Hoekstra offers eight pointers
on preparing for site visits.
A Foundation Executive's Basic List of What to Do and Not Do When Requesting Funding.
by Bill Somerville
that focus on an organization's internal needs
pose special challenges. Grantsmanship Center trainer Susan
Chandler offers pointers for writing these proposals