This handout was prepared for the Neighborhood Exchange Grant Writing Workshop that took place on February 11, 2016.

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Topics covered included:

Grant Writing 101 – Describing the Project. Defining the Impact.
Describing your activity might sound like an obvious and simple task, but funders often complain that they cannot understand what a group is trying to do. Attendees will learn how to articulate the project’s activities and goals in a way that makes sense, is fundable, and is likely to be successful.

Telling Your Organization’s Story
You can only have impact if people understand the importance of your work – not just what you do, but why it matters. Attendees will learn how to effectively communicate their organization’s story to motivate funders to
support their work.

Budget Basics
It is paramount to develop a realstic budget and use it to determine your funding needs. Attendees will learn generally accepted principles for creating budgets for grants, proposals, and applications for funding.

A Reviewer’s Perspective
Creating a well-rounded application is the key to getting funded. Attendees will hear from experienced grant application reviewers about making an application ‘stand out from the crowd’, the benefits of draft reviews, and extracting useful information from unfunded proposals to critique and improve future submissions.