Grant Writing Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

By Lisa Hirst Carnes | August 2023

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A few days ago, we met with a client about a new project. They received a grant from the state to build awareness of their services. Woo-hoo! Like most nonprofits, money is tight and they're ready to fund new initiatives.

Grants are the life blood for nonprofit organizations. The funds enable organizations to expand programming, start new projects or provide services. This allows them to increase their impact and make meaningful community change.
One of the most incredible benefits of grants is that they are often tax-exempt. This means that nonprofits don't pay taxes on the money they receive. Also, grant fundraising may be eligible for matched funds from other organizations.

Grant Eligibility

Grant-eligible nonprofits include charities, foundations, churches, educational institutions, and other tax-exempt entities. The grant requirements vary based on the funding source and its goals.
To receive a grant, an organization must prove its need for the funds and create a plan on how they would use them. Often, they must provide documentation to prove the proposed initiatives' lasting impact. Finally, organizations may have to report their progress to ensure accountability.
Grants have a huge impact on nonprofits, but you must understand the process. Applying for a grant can be complex and time-consuming- but worth it. With careful research and planning, you can take your initiatives to the next level.

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Grant Writing Resources

There are many grant writing courses that can help you develop your skills in this area.
The Foundation Center is one of the most well-known resources for grant writing. They offer online courses and access to grants in the Foundation Directory database.
Masterclass offers an on-demand Persuasive Grant Writing Course. Instructors include researchers and the Chief Editor of the Nature Research Editing Service.
Grant Writing: Keys to a Successful Proposal shows how to write a compelling grant in eight steps.
The National Council of Nonprofits offers a series of grant writing webinars.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) also hosts free grant proposal webinars.
Teresa Huff covers the basics in Skillshare's Grant Writing Basics for Beginners.
There's no shortage of help in grant writing. Workshops like the annual Grant Professionals Association Conference & Expo provide access to experts. Also, many universities offer nonprofit grant writing courses.

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