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At The Grant Advantage, we want to make sure you're as informed as possible about all aspects of fundraising and grant writing. We believe in providing you with the tools to improve your organization's future. Please explore the provided resources below. Contact us with any questions you may have.
GrantStation — an interactive website allowing grant seekers to identify funding sources for programs and mentors you through the grant seeking process.
GuideStar — the leader in providing comprehensive data on more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations.
Non-Profit Guides — free, web-based grant writing tools for nonprofit organizations and other community-minded groups.
The Foundation Center's proposal-writing short course — a concise step-by-step guide to developing a grant proposal.
Rural Assistance Center grant writing information guides — answers your frequently asked grant writing questions.
Grassroot Fundraising — practical tips and tools to help you raise money for your organization.
Network for Good — tools and support to help you use technology in your fundraising efforts.
CharacterEthics — training and facilitation in ethical decision-making using Appreciate Inquiry, an asset-based approach to problem-solving.
Charity Channel — a place for nonprofit professionals to connect and work together to advance the cause of philanthropy.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy — the newspaper of the nonprofit world.
Stanford Social Innovation Review — strategies, tools, and ideas for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses.
A Guide to Grant Writing for Small Businesses — this guide from BFS Capital has tips and resources to help small businesses with some grant writing basics.
Appalachian Regional Commission
Corporation for National and Community Service
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Environmental Protection Agency
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Institute of Health
National Science Foundation
Below are links to The Grant Advantage's resources referenced in Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing. To purchase a copy, click here. Click below to download additional resources for Mapping the Course.
• The Grant Advantage's Program Planning Framework
• The Grant Advantage's Partnership Identification Tool
• Lynn Community Center's Full Application to the Runfar Community Foundation for the Steps to Success Program
Reading successful grants has helped me hone my skills and find my grant writing voice. Review these applications to find their strengths, formats to help you tell your story, and key characteristics of strong applications.
Evidence-based practice is traditionally defined as the integration of three basic principles: (1) the best available research evidence bearing on whether and why a treatment works; (2) clinical expertise to rapidly identify each participant's unique needs and their individual risks and benefits of potental interventions; and (3) client preferences and values. The following registries provide access to evidence based practices in several fields.
• The What Works Clearinghouse established by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences provides educators, policymakers, and the public with a central, independent, and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.
• Blueprints for Violence Prevention is a national violence prevention initiative to identify programs that are effective in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse.
Nonprofit sustainability is an organization's ability to sustain itself over the long term, perpetuating its ability to fulfill its mission. Developing a nonprofit sustainability plan should be part of the initial development of a nonprofit and continued throughout its life cycle. Below are some links to resources to help your organization address long-term sustainability.
• Developing a logic model: Teaching and training guide created by the University of Wisconsin-Extension