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Posted by Todd ( on August 02, 2001 at 15:06:36:

No, I don't have any experience writing grant proposals, BUT the new mgmt of the non-profit I work for has made grants a major priority for us. The person selected to head up our grants dept. is someone I've known and worked with for several years.

When she first accepted this new position, I located a couple of grantwriting advice sites. I'll be happy to send the links to anyone interested. While my associate is tremendously overloaded with work, I think I can probably con/charm/schmooz and or beg some advice from her.

I do know this much - you must first identify the project for which you are seeking funding. This isn't Halloween - you can't just say gimme the candy cause I want it. Next, you have to put together a specific plan of action as to how you're going to complete the project. This includes a project team qualified to effect the desired result. Sounds like we need a project and a project team (committee) leader.

Let's also remember our friends from the UK. They are already involved in the grant process (though I'm not sure how far they've gone - may have completed writing and submitted already). Additionally, John G. has many years experience in the non-profit (or as they say over there charity) field. Having met him in Atlanta, I can vouch for John's intelligence and experience, and feel certain he would be happy to provide some advice.

So, let's put on the thinking caps (foil-lined, please) and start thinking up worthwhile and effective projects. Suggestions, anyone???


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