Question Preview: Writing a Successful Foundation Proposal

The theme for April for SmartEGrants is Foundation Grants which means, you guessed it! As a program of SmartEGrants, #grantchat is following suit with the theme and will be talking about Foundation Grants topics as well. What are the rest of our topics for the month you ask?

April 28, 2015: Foundation Relationships & Partnerships

We are hoping that grant professionals will freely share their knowledge and lessons learned during this series with those that are trying to expand their understanding and success with securing foundation grants.

Here are our questions for the third week of this theme, Writing a Successful Proposal:

Q1: What do you find you struggle with/question yourself on the most in creating a successful grant proposal? #grantchat

Q2: How do you approach starting a draft for a new proposal for a new funder? Does it differ for an ongoing relationship w/ current funder? #grantchat

Q3: How do you approach starting a proposal for a new program? What steps or actions do you take before drafting, if any? #grantchat

Q4: What information do you make sure to *always* include in a grant proposal regardless of format? #grantchat

Q5: What type of information do you recommend *never* including in a grant proposal regardless of format? #grantchat

Q6: How long do you allocate in your schedule for creating a foundation proposal? What factors cause that to vary? #grantchat

Q7: How do you handle or avoid writer’s block during the writing process for the propsal? #grantchat

Q8: How do you engage your colleagues and/or clients in the writing process for foundation proposals? #grantchat

Q9: How do you keep your grant proposals from sounding/looking cookie cutter? #grantchat

Q10: What is your secret, not-so-secret tip for new grant pros about writing a successful grant proposal? #grantchat

Are you as excited for this topic as we are? Do you *know* that this is a not to be missed event on your calendar? We want to encourage those of you that are very focused on increasing your understanding and success with securing foundation grants for your employers, organizations, or clients to take your professional development a step further, and look at the webinars that SmartEGrants is hosting each Thursday in April on these topics. We are going to dig into each, share best practices, and share tools (both free and inexpensive) in order to help you have the grant consulting business you dream of. You can see the full schedule and register for one or all of the sessions here (they are only $25 each and include the slides and recording!).

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