Archive | May 2012

Grant Orientation – How to Get Started with New Members to Your Chapter’s Grant Committee

Greetings from GrantLessons, we continue with 17 followers. I work with a great group of grant writers here at Assistance League of Reno-Sparks. Many of the members have been writing grant applications for the chapter for years. We just had committee sign-ups and found that three members wanted to join our grant writing team. We were excited and wanted to determine the best way to orient them to what we do. However, we also did not want to overwhelm them.

Therefore, we decided on a two hour session to get started and scheduled a date for us to meet in mid-June. We have decided on the material to cover. We will start with an introduction and welcome from our Grant Committee Chairman, followed by short sessions on Dropbox, GrantLessons, and GrantStation. We will finish with a short segment on the differences between paper and online submissions. We have also decided that we are going to mentor the new members by pairing them up with a seasoned grant writer.

Talking about GrantStation, Anita Friesen, National Director of Resource Development reports that 85 Chapter Presidents indicated interest in GrantStation. Anita will be following up with the Presidents over the next few weeks to get them all signed up so we can go live with GrantStation by mid-June. At that time, we will have more information about how to access GrantStation posted on GrantLessons. We also expect to have more followers join us here on GrantLessons. Do you have any new members who need orientation to your Grant Committee? How are you working with them? Have a great week!

So catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie

This entry was posted on May 30, 2012. 1 Comment

GrantStation Available for $47

Greetings from GrantLessons, we continue to have 17 followers and I expect more will join this week after the National Assistance League announces GrantLessons at the National Leadership Conference being held this week, May 22 through 24.

Also, Anita Friesen, National Director of Resource Development, announces today a new opportunity for chapters called GrantStation. This is an early holiday present for chapters! One of the hardest things to do in the grant writing process is to identify grantors who want to support chapter programs. National Assistance League has negotiated a special rate from GrantStation for their funder database. The searchable database allows a chapter member interested in writing grants to identify potential grantors.

The price of the program is $47 per year, discounted from the regular price of $699. A chapter signs up through their President making contact with Anita by emailing her at Step right up and get your order in today. Anita will be able to work with GrantStation to update new chapter members to the database on a monthly basis, so you don’t want to wait an extra month to get access, check it out today. Anita plans to send the first subscriptions in for June 15, so act today! Next week, we will have more information about getting started with your new members to the Grant Committee. Have a great week!

So catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie

Connections – Learning How to Make a Comment

Greetings from GrantLessons, we continue to have 16 followers. So now, we have Dropbox set up and we have found some volunteers to help us with the grant writing process. We have one week prior to National Assistance League’s Leadership Conference where members will learn that they can purchase GrantStation, a grant funder search database for a much reduced price, more to come.

If you have been following this blog for the last couple of weeks you know that we are in a testing mode. Help by going into a random page, make a comment, or ask a question about the page. As administrator, I approve all comments or questions before they are posted. I check in a couple times a day to see if a follower has made a comment. So go ahead and make a comment, you get to see how it works and I get to learn more how the program works. You can also reply to a comment made by another follower.

The GrantLessons Blog is about making connections between members throughout our chapters that are working on getting grants. Now is the time to get members on your Grants Committee to join the blog. You can even send an invite to your Board members since you want them to understand how easy it can be to obtain a grant when you take a little time to find the funder and then fill out their application documents. Next week, we will have more information about how to apply for GrantStation. Have a great week!

So, catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie

Finding Volunteers to Write Grants

Greetings from GrantLessons, we now have 16 followers. Are you having trouble finding volunteers to work with you to write your chapter grants? You are interested in writing grants but you have never done it. You want to learn about how to do it. The best thing you can do is find someone in your chapter to work with you at learning how to write grants. In GrantLessons we are cutting right to the bone and providing specific information for you to get started and to see results early in the process.

Our focus is on finding foundations that want to provide funding to a chapter of Assistance League. There will be no tests here, just directions to help you along the way. GrantLessons is being shared with the new members in our chapter as a way to give them the tools they need to write a successful grant.

Ask other members to join you in obtaining grants for your chapter. It will be more fun to learn together and to celebrate your success. If you need more information about what basic skills a grant writer needs, check out the Lessons Tab in GrantLessons and read the Introduction. Have a great week!

So, catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie

This entry was posted on May 9, 2012. 2 Comments

Proposal Opportunity

Greetings from GrantLessons, we now have 14 followers. The above diagram really captures what we are going to be working on in GrantLessons. We know that funders must make donations annually to maintain their 501 (c)(3) status. We know that Assistance League Chapters have program needs. We are attempting to find a proposal opportunity, that is, a match between the Funder’s needs to give funds and the programs needing funds.

So how do we learn how Funders want to be approached? Funders may have a website with grant application guidelines. Funders may desire to be approached through paper or online. Funders may use a series of questions prior to allowing the applicant to fill out the required application. Funders may be a private foundation that doesn’t accept applications but goes out and selects where they want to make a contribution of funds and then requires the application to be completed. Some Funders will accept a solicitation for funding with a simple letter and a copy of the IRS Determination Letter. It will take some research to determine what approach is correct for a particular Funder. We can make this determination by reviewing information on GrantStation, by inspecting the Funder’s Form 990 and by evaluating information on the Funders’ website.

This week I am finishing up my clean-up of Dropbox folders in my local chapter. If you do not have Dropbox it is time to get it. If you have it in your chapter and don’t know how to use it, it is time to learn since we will be starting to add documents in the next couple of weeks. Any comments or help needed??? There is a short YouTube video on Dropbox in the GrantLessons Blog video section.

We are also looking to build our followers so if you know someone who wants to learn about grant writing this is the place to be. Be sure they sign up by entering their email above and then they will get these posts. Have a great week!

So, catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie

This entry was posted on May 2, 2012. 1 Comment