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Grant Writing Tips

The Nonprofit Times published these helpful grant writing tips. Print them off and read them before you start your next grant application.

· Do your homework. Pay close attention to the guidelines, policies, and procedures. Don't try to "fit" your organization or program into the guidelines simply to obtain funding.

· Keep it simple. Be concise in all correspondence, particularly the cover letter. Make it a maximum of three pages, and summarize the organization, the purpose of the request, and other pertinent information.

· Be Relevant. Demonstrate how organization or project benefits the company -- do not approach simply on the basis of being a customer of the company.

· Be accountable. Think scope and impact -- and be honest. Quantify, and tie the project to specific targets and dates. Provide a cost-benefit analysis.

· Writing matters. Funders receive a significant number of requests. Make it an easy read for them. Proposals should be organized, well-written, and grammatically correct.

· Proof read. Are all required items addressed and space limits met? Other common errors: sent to right person/address but wrong company name, or a recipient no longer with the company.

· Be patient. Do not call the day after the proposal is submitted. Due to the significant volume of requests, particularly for corporate foundations, it will require time to manage.

· Trust the application process. Going outside the application process to get a proposal considered will eventually come back to haunt you.

· Take each year as if it is the first. Past funding is no guarantee of future support.

· Be a friend to the environment. Send one copy unless told otherwise. No three-ring binders. Send videotapes only if necessary. 

Grants for Municipalities

Bureau of Reclamation Releases Funding Opportunity for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Feasibility Studies - 1/14/15

The Bureau of Reclamation is providing a funding opportunity for communities in the West which may be seeking new sources of water supplies using water recycling and reuse technologies. Applications are due March 3, 2015, 4:00 p.m. MT.  It is anticipated that awards will be announced this summer.  More information

VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Assistance Grants

The purpose of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant is to provide financial assistance in order to support a variety of direct services to victims of crime.  The VOCA nine-member Board approves applications for funding on a yearly competitive basis.  The grant period runs on a state fiscal year cycle: July 1st – June 30th.  Applications are due the first Friday in March and applied for online through OKGrants: https://grants.ok.gov/.  Applications may be submitted by state or local public agencies, tribal governments, or nonprofit victim service programs.  A 25% cash or in-kind match is required by subrecipients other than tribal.  The VOCA grant is administered through the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council: http://www.ok.gov/dac/ .

DEQ Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Program

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund program has environmental cleanup funding available in the form of low-interest loans and subgrants.  The loans are first come first served.  DEQ is currently having a subgrant competition and applications are due February 28, 2015.   

Applications and other information can be found here: http://www.deq.state.ok.us/lpdnew/Brownfields/SubgrantComp.html