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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

Environmental Education Grants Now Available

The Oklahoma Environmental Quality Education Committee invites qualified individuals to apply for a grant to promote enthusiasm in young people for learning about the environment and natural resources.  You must be an Oklahoma teacher, public or private (Pre K – 12), school environmental club, youth group leader, and/or organization with a youth component to apply for the grant. 

Applicants may apply for amounts from $100 up to $1,000 per grant.  A total of $9,300 will be awarded in early 2015 to winning applicants. Eligible categories include: environmental club projects, green school efforts, edible school gardens, environmental education projects, outdoor classroom revitalization, and recycling and composting programs. Deadline for submission of grant applications is December 1, 2014.  Recipients will be selected by December 31, 2014.

Information on allowable expenditures, application criteria, and examples of previous applications is available at http://www.deq.state.ok.us/mainlinks/eepage.htm. Funds for the program are generated by the sale of the Environmental Awareness License Tag.  The environmental license tag may be personalized with any combination of six letters and spaces (subject to availability).  If the tag is not personalized, the standard prefix of ENV will be assigned along with three numbers.  Applications may be obtained at your local tag agency or by visiting http://www.deq.state.ok.us/mainlinks/eetag.htm.

The Oklahoma Environmental Quality Education Committee of the DEQ sponsors this grant program.  The committee is comprised of state agency representatives, teachers, and corporate representatives. The mission of the committee is to help the general public become more aware of actions and activities that will help preserve and protect Oklahoma’s environment.

For more information on this grant opportunity, please visit http://www.deq.state.ok.us/pubs/lpd/eegrant2014.pdf or contact Sara Ivey at sara.ivey@deq.ok.gov

2014 Tiger Project Fact Sheets

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the Department of Transportation would provide $600 million for 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia from its TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2014 program.

Community Support Grant

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