Grant Calendar and Preparing for New Grant Writers

Greetings from GrantLessons!

I was checking the calendar this morning and see that Easter is coming up real soon, like March 31st. Another important calendar is the Grants Calendar. One thing for sure foundations give out their monies once a year. Each foundation works off their own calendar and they are all different. When you are checking out GrantStation and find a potential grantor, it is disappointing to find out that one has missed the grantor’s deadline. However, it is important to put the information on a long-range calendar. The new Grants Committee Chairman can use the calendar to assist in making assignments (remember one needs to work on building a team of people who will write grants for your Chapter). We have found that it takes a minimum of six weeks from the time one starts an application to its completion. An important element in writing an application is to have a second person read the application looking for errors. It is important to plan to give the second person plenty of time to be able to read and comment on the application.

If you are lucky enough to find some new grant writers that join your Chapter, one of the biggest problems they will have is learning the Chapter’s programs. They know how to write a grant. Now they need to learn about the Chapter’s programs. You can help this process along by developing a Program Information Sheet for each program that your Chapter has that would benefit from grant funding. Many grant applications request the following information: Name of program, year program established, short description of program (150 characters), longer description of program, chairperson for current year, chairperson for next year, number of recipients served during last year, number of recipients projected for next fiscal year, number of volunteers who worked in program during current fiscal year, number of service hours used in current fiscal year, current fiscal year budget, projected fiscal year budget, and public relations received during the last year. Remember, to go to http://www.grantlessons.wordpress.com to find more information about grant writing.

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

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