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Grant Writing & Matching Needs

February 17th, 2009

Karen D'Or

A Successful Proposal Must Match the Needs of Grant Makers with the Needs of Grant Seekers and Vice Versa.

“As philanthropy continues to grow, so too does the number of grant makers and grant seekers. Consequently Grant Makers may request more complex or in depth information within their application process. However, there are many consistencies across various grant makers and over time some common principles have lead to the development of somewhat generic application processes, with the main differences being related to the depth and quality of information various grant makers require, rather than the type of information they are looking for.”

“In today’s grant writing environment, a successful proposal must match the needs of grant makers with the needs of grant seekers and vice versa. Essentially, there are two key strategies involved in developing successful proposals. First, there is the bringing together of well-matched grant seekers and grant makers; second, the crafting of meaningful proposals that will stand out from the scores of other applicants. Therefore, the starting point of any successful grant writing program is hard work and extensive research. While anyone can surf the internet and find a grant opportunity that looks attractive, professional grant writers build their proposals on well researched information about both the grant maker and the grant seeker and its programs.”

See Wikipedia, Grant writing, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_writing (as of Feb. 21, 2009, 00:24 GMT).

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