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The Successful Seven

When beginning a grant there are a few key pieces on information that is essential to getting started. Buried at various points within the daunting stack of paper (or PDF for the more environmentally minded) are seven specific bits of information that are vital to...

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Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses are items you are able to buy or spend the grant funds on. Eligible expenses can vary from one grant to the next, and its important when approaching your planning process to make sure that your proposed budget is in line with the funding announcement...

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Capital Improvements

As we get into the swing of managing applications for the 2019 Emergency Safety and Security Grant (ESSG) we will continue to delve into the topic of "capital" budgetary items. As Fairy Grant-Mother let us know last week, capital expenses cover most matters of...

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Read, read, read!

Grant writing is more than just sitting in front of a computer, opening a word document, and typing. Reading is essential to writing a successful grant application. It is also key to continue providing outstanding customer services. One of the biggest concerns for...

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Ready, Set, Write!

One of the hardest tasks to accomplish when writing a grant is the actual writing. Questions about formatting and writing style flood your head as you begin preparing your first words. Luckily for us, we have plenty of resources to helps us along the way. If you are...

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Question: Dear Fairy Grant-Mother, what needs to be in a budget narrative? Answer:   A budget narrative is an explanation of the budget request. In other words, the budget narrative explains how you will spend your budget. Below I explain in more detail what a budget...

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Question: Fairy Grant Mother what is a Capital Expense? Answer: A capital expense is an expense need to make improvements to an infrastructure such as a dwelling structure (living space) or site improvement (parameters of the living space). Each organization budgets...

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Question: What if I need to an evaluator for my grant program??? Who can do this? Answer: Federal grants many times ask about your evaluation plan. It’s important to make funding agency aware that you know that your program will be held accountable to do what you said...

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Question: Dear Fairy Grant-Mother, what's the difference between federal and foundation grants??? Answer: Government grants are publicly funded by tax dollars. Grants from the federal government are authorized and appropriated through bills passed by Congress and...

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Question: Dear Fairy Grant-Mother, the deadline is next week, is it too late to apply? Answer: There’s really two answers to this question, a long and a short one. The long answer hinges around your organization’s preparedness to work inside the www.grants.gov...

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