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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

DEQ Offers Funding Opportunities in Solid Waste Management

The Oklahoma Solid Waste Management Act (Act) affords DEQ resources that can help local governments with things such as cleaning up illegal dumps, hiring trash cops, and developing centers to manage bulky waste. The Act created a system of state solid waste fees that help fund DEQ’s environmental protection programs.  The funds can also help local governments develop better methods of handling solid waste. Applications for funding will be accepted by DEQ beginning July 1, 2014.  Assistance will be provided to local governments until the funds are exhausted.  Anyone interested in taking advantage of these programs can contact Fenton Rood at P.O. Box 1677, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101-1677. Interested individuals can also call 405-702-5159 or e-mail fenton.rood@deq.ok.gov.

Community Support Grant

Economic Development Administration’s Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Opportunity. Deadline ongoing through 2014. Click here for more info.

Tired of looking at the empty, old worn-down building...transform it with the help of a 2014 Fresh Paint Days in Oklahoma grant!

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is now accepting applications for its Fresh Paint Days program. Selected participants will restore the exterior of a structure in their community during the month of September with the use of paint, donated by H.I.S. Coatings of Oklahoma City, a monetary stipend and a lot of elbow grease by willing volunteers. KOB will even deliver the paint within a reasonable driving distance from your location.

This exciting and unique program not only challenges groups to transform a building or structure with the donated paint, but it also creates an excitement that is contagious throughout the community. Often, this leads to other community improvement projects throughout the year.

Each completed project will be entered into KOB’s “Community Primed for Change” contest. This social media contest will highlight the before and after photos of each project by posting them to KOB’s Facebook contest page. The public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite transformation that took place during Fresh Paint Days and in doing so name the winner of the Best Visual Impact Award. The finalists and winner will be honored at KOB’s annual Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration November 20th at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Applications are accepted only online and the deadline is July 31, 2013. You can find the application, project requirements, a tentative event calendar and much more at keepoklahomabeautiful.com/fresh-paint-days.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment.