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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

President Obama Announces $600 Million for Round 6 of TIGER Transportation Grants


As part of a broader announcement of a proposal for a four year renewal of federal transportation programs, President Obama announced Round 6 of the federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Initially created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the previous five rounds of the program have funded 270 projects across all fifty states. $600 million is available for grants in this round of the TIGER program. Today’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) can be found on the DOT website atwww.dot.gov/TIGER along with information on upcoming informational webinars.


Grants Available for Sustainable Transportation Projects


DOT's TIGER Grants application deadline is April 28, 2014. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is making $600 million available for a sixth round of its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants to help fund local and state infrastructure projects. Click here to read more.

Arts and Humanities Grant


Institutions can improve ability to preserve and care for humanities collections.  Deadline is May 1, 2014.  Click here for more information.

Community Support Grant


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

NEH Renews Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities is offering a $350,000 funding program that is beneficial to cities and towns.  The deadline to apply is July 17, 2014.