Writing a successful grant proposal requires a lot of know-how and research, but with the right training, the right resources, and the right attitude it can be a very rewarding experience (and certainly more so when the dollars for that project of yours start coming in!). The links below are intended to help you in the research and writing process. We hope these resources will also help you gain fuller insight into the grant-making world and its relationship with OC. Happy hunting!
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National and regional statistics prove invaluable to many grant proposals. Finding those statistics is not always easy, however. The following sites should help you greatly in your research:
Foundation Research and Grant Listings:
Now that you have a project in mind, how do you go about finding organizations that will be interested in partnering with you on that project? Well, lucky for you there are thousands of foundations out there just waiting for the right project to come along--you just have to know where to look! The links below will help you to explore the philanthropic landscape and to identify potential organizational partners:
The Chronicle of Philanthropy Online
The Chronicle is a valuable source of information for professionals in the non-profit world. The publication's webpage showcases the latest trends in philanthropic giving and highlights recent grants made nationwide. View the Grant Deadlines to see upcoming grant competitions.
Listing of current grant competitions through the Department of Education.
"The single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies." Most every government grant program announces competitions through Grants.gov. You can even register for email notification of grant opportunities, if you wish.
Online database of non-profit organizations around the world. The website provides useful background information and funding interests for many Oklahoma foundations. Unfortunately, little is available without a paid subscription. (But if you spot a potential partner, contact the Foundations Team and we will help you research further!)
Council on Foundations
The Council provides some useful information on understanding philanthropy and the basics of grant-making. The site also allows registered members to search for community foundations across the nation.
Foundation Center Online
The Center collects, organizes, analyzes, and disseminates information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. The Center's website explains grant-writing fundamentals and the basics of philanthropy, and provides research tools for fundraisers.
FundsNet Services Online
This site allows you to search for foundation and corporate partners by category and major interests. The database includes research and background information on local foundations, national grantmakers, regional funders, international funders, government programs, and more.
The RFP (Request for Proposals) Bulletin is published weekly by the Philanthropy News Digest. Listings provide brief overviews of current funding opportunities through foundations and other grant-making organizations.
Yahoo! - Grant-Making Foundations
This Yahoo! Directory allows you to conduct word searches that are restricted to the webpages of grant-making foundations. The directory also allows you to search by giving interests and regional focus.
Grant-writing Help & How-tos:
Crafting a grant proposal from the ground up requires strategic planning and finesse. Moreover, it requires a thorough understanding of the typical grant review process--what information is commonly sought after and what is regularly discarded. Navigating this process can be frustrating without the right resources and the proper guidance. Fortunately, there are some tried and true strategies for grant-writing success, which we would like to share with you via the links below:
The Grantsmanship provides training and resources for non-profits and grant-seekers nationwide. Their website includes help and how-to articles on proposal writing and grant-seeking.
Online Orientation to the Grantseeking Process/Guide to Funding Research
This overview comes from The Foundation Center and discusses many important fundamentals to grant-writing, including: approaches to funding research, what funders look for, types of support, hints on proposal writing, and more.
Grant Proposal Writing Tips
This page, from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which reviews hundreds of proposals each year), lists several clear and useful tips for developing successful grant proposals.
This site, developed by longtime grant-writer, Elizabeth Brunner, provides a thorough overview of the grant-seeking process. It includes discussions on research, inquiry and cover letters, standard components of a proposal, advice from funders, and more.
The Foundation Center's Proposal Writing Short Course
This free, online course goes through the major components of a typical grant proposal and recommends strategies for more effective writing.
Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
Developed by the Minnesota Council on Foundations, this guide for writing grant proposals examines the grant-seeking process in a thorough, step-by-step fashion. Entries take the reader from the brainstorming stage to stewarding awarded funds.