Advice nad Information on Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing
Identify your Organization's Strengths, Weaknesses and Identity
Perhaps the most important thing to remember when you are trying to turn an idea for a project/program into a grant proposal is that proposal writing cannot be separated from effective organizational planning. An effective grant proposal must demonstrate that the organization has planned for the project and that the project has a good chance to be successful.

Many organizations put the cart before the horse (or in this case the grant before the project) and end up chasing grants that require a "stretch" of the identity of the organization. The organization attempts to be too many things to too many people and ends up trying to support programs not related to the core mission of the organization. This can and does result in failed programs for many organizations. This also causes grant proposals to be rejected by funders who can see that the organization is trying to be too diversified.

Funders want to know that a project reinforces the overall direction of an organization. If it appears that the organization is trying to be too diversified, or the proposed project is too tangential to the mission of the organization, the funder may assume that the organization will be unable to deliver on the promises in the proposal.

Bullet Overview of Non-Profit Program Planning
This document explains a basic framework in which nonprofit programs can be developed. The framework will produce a program that is highly integrated with the organization's mission and other programs, and will serve as a sound basis for writing program proposals to funders, because the framework closely follows that of the standard proposal document.

Bullet Fundamentals of Strategic Planning
Strategic planning is not the same as long-range planning. With long-range planning, an organization envisions and sets goals for the future, and develops the necessary procedures, tasks, and actions for achieving that future. Because of the unpredictable nature of running a nonprofit these days, however, long-range planning is no longer enough.

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