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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting communities and increasing access to affordable housing - Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis.