Tricks for Writing the Grant Application

Greetings from GrantLessons, we are holding steady at 31 followers with more expected as we have recently signed up so more chapters to join GrantStation.

This week we are going to start thinking about writing an actual proposal for an online grant. One thing I learned quickly is that there is not much space in the dialog box (space where you can input information for online grants). A trick I started to do was to compose my responses in my  wordprocessing program. In short, I write the answer to the question or the request for information in the wordprocessing program and then, I “copy” and “paste” the material into the online dialog box.

Another feature one wants to learn how to do is determine the character or word count in the answer and again typing into the wordprocessing program allows one to do a count of characters and/or words. If you want to learn more about these features, help is close by. Go to the “Resources” tab on the blog at www.grantlessons.wordpress.com  and you will find links that will help. Be sure you scroll down until you get to the section on writing. Simply click the links and you will be taken to Microsoft training information.

The links include the autorecover feature, the track changes feature, the spelling and grammar usage feature, and the number of words feature. If you do not know how to use these features put some time on your schedule to learn. You will be glad you did since this will help you be more productive and be able to write more grants for your chapter. Summer is in full swing, so hope you are enjoying a barbecue or two between learning how to write grants.

I am getting ready for the September conference in Houston where my colleague Pat Reinier, from the Kansas City Chapter and I will do a session called “Show Us the Money – A Practical Approach to Grant Writing”. Participants will learn simple and direct steps to find grantors for their philanthropic programs through accessing GrantStation and GuideStar and by evaluating the grantor’s requirements. Chapter members are encouraged to use a team approach in the grant writing process. Please join us for some fun!

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

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