Whether you are a “numbers person” or not, the prospect of sitting down to complete the budget for your latest grant proposal isn’t a task that most get too excited to begin. It can be difficult to forecast the actual cost of a program you have never run. It can be frustrating to know what […]
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Wouldn’t you just love to be a fly on the wall as funders review grants? It must be incredibly difficult to actually make the decision about which organizations will be awarded a grant. There are so many incredible programs, and so many communities that would benefit. So, what are funders looking for when they review […]
Believing grant writing myths is a dangerous and potentially costly mistake for you and your organization. Let me tell you why. It was grade 9, and I liked an older woman… she was in grade 10 (she seemed old) and definitely out of my league. I had noticed her during an after school event and […]
More and more these days, funders are looking to invest in collaborative efforts ranging from the intensely structured “Collective Impact” approaches to a simple requirement that there be partners involved. While working independently can allow you to be more streamlined and reduce the headaches of obtaining multiple signatures, conducting endless meetings, and considering different approaches, […]
In my previous work as a funder, I always looked forward to seeing progress reports and final reports. Report time provided an exciting opportunity to celebrate the success of the projects that organizations had worked so hard to implement. It also proved to be a time that strengthened our relationships with agencies, as we took […]
You’ve spent hours – maybe even days or weeks – collecting documentation, writing draft after draft, discussing ideas with colleagues, reviewing, revising, editing, and you finally submitted your grant proposal to the funder by the deadline with confidence. I feel really good about this one, you think to yourself. Months go by and you finally […]
I loved calendars when I was a kid. It wasn’t unusual for me to have a Toronto Blue Jays calendar on one side of my room and a Toronto Maple Leafs (yes, I know they haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967…insert your joke here) calendar on the other side. As I’ve gotten older, and […]
There is something refreshing and energizing about starting a new year. Now, I’m not a big “resolutions” guy, but I do like the idea of taking some time to re-establish priorities to make sure I have my focus clearly set on the right things. Too many grant writers just let things happen, they spend their […]
I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. At GrantsEdge we’re working on wrapping up all our projects for 2016 and we are thinking ahead to 2017. As we do so, we’re thinking back on the past year and all that we’ve done. One thing we do really well at Kovacs Group (and something […]
Hi, my name is Norm, and I am verbose. It doesn’t happen as often when I’m speaking (that’s what I’m telling myself to feel better), but when I write, I have a serious problem. I use more words than I need. I am trying so hard right now to be concise! Because of this problem, […]