Wednesday, May 28, 2008

There is Still Time to Enter the Webcam Contest!!!

The webcam contest ends on May 31, 2008. Take a look at my blog entry for April 28, 2008 for all the details. You can also go to the Grant Goddess website, click on the "Forum" tab, and see the discussion thread where the rules are explained and the initial entries are posted.

Right now, there are only a few entries. If you jump in the contest, you have a very good chance of winning!

Finding the Balance Between Need and Showing Competence

When writing a grant, you usually need to devote a section to making the case for your need for the grant. Most people really go overboard with this. They write about all the things they need to serve their clients well. They write about how needy their clients are. They produce all sorts of statistics to document just how much they need help.

The problem with going overboard in documenting your need for the grant is that you run the risk of looking incompetent. Your readers might start asking questions like this: If the situation is really that pathetic, how did you let it get this way? If you haven't solved it by now (in your organization's 30 years of business), why should anyone think you'll solve it with the addition of a three-year grant?

The trick is to accurately demonstrate your need for the grant while also demonstrating your capacity to manage the funds well and use the funds to make a real difference and improve the situation. It also helps to highlight some strengths on which you can build. Ideally, you'll be able to show how the funds you are requesting will enable you to leverage other resources to really make a difference.

It's a balancing act. Don't go too far in the direction of showing too much need, or you may end up without the funds to help you work toward a solution.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Top Ten Grant Management Mistakes

For those of you who missed the May 2nd webcast on the Top Ten Mistakes People Make When Managing Grants, you can access the information now in two ways:

1) I just published an article on Squidoo on the topic. Click here to read it.

2) You can also view the full length recorded version (with PowerPoint slides and all). Go to my helloWorld site, click on the icon on the left that looks like a broadcast tower. You can find the recording there.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The First Grant I Ever Wrote

I wrote my very first grant application about 18 years ago. It was a $5,000 mini-grant for technology equipment for the classroom. I requested a video disk player (remember those really big video disks that were as big as old record albums?), a big screen TV, and some science-related video disks.

The entire application was 5 pages long and it took me several days to get it right. The hardest part was writing the goals and objectives. I was trained as a teacher, so writing behavioral objectives was not new for me, but writing behavioral objectives linked to the use of the stuff I was asking for was definitely a challenge.

I remember being so excited about the program design, and I was really looking forward to using the new equipment in my classroom. When I sent off the application, I was excited and nervous. It seemed like forever while I waited to get the results four weeks later.

I got the grant! It was thrilling! I filled out the paperwork, ordered the equipment, and waited some more.

When the equipment arrived, my principal confiscated it and said it wasn't fair for it to go in my classroom. She said it should go in the multi-purpose room where everyone could use it. I strenuously objected because the proposal was written as classroom-based proposal. It didn't matter. The equipment was placed in the muulti-purpose room, and I rarely got the chance to use it. It wasn't because other classes were using it, but because the multi-purpose room was so overbooked with other activity (play practice, band, lunch, rainy day activities, etc.).

In the end, the equipment I was so excited about was used very little. I was very disappointed, but it didn't stop me from pursuing other grants in the future.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Follow Me Around!

If you want to get regular updates from me about rbeaking news and what we're up to over here at CSRR, you can follow me on Twitter.

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You can sign up for free, and you can read the updates on your computer or your mobile phone. I have twitter updates sent to my mobile phone as text messages. That way, I can check on the folks I'm following, and see their messages, from anywhere. I can also send updates at anytime!

Once you sign up and invite others to join, you will probably find out that several of the people you know are already on Twitter.

Once you check it out, send me a note and let me know what you think.

If you're already on Twitter, let me know, so I can follow you, too!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New Episode in the Tips from the Grant Goddess Podcast Series

I just recorded a new episode in the Tips from the Grant Goddess podcast series. You can view it by going to our helloWorld site or you can click on the icon below and veiw it right now!

This episode is all about gathering effective MOUs and letters of support for your grant effort. The video is about 15 minutes long.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Waiting is the Hardest Part. . .

We wrote three grant proposals for a competition that was supposed to announce the preliminary list of those selected for funding on Friday (4 days ago!). Now it's Tuesday and we're still waiting.

Sometimes it really feels like this is the hardest part of the grant process.

Everyone is anxious for results. People are waiting to make definite plans for next year and the grant competition results play an important role in those decisions.

Unfortunately, there is no way to speed up the process. All we can do is wait.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

New Grant Related Articles Just Published on Hub Pages!

I just published two new grant-related articles. The first is End of Year Grant Management Tips. The article provides some down-to-earth tips for addressing the last quarter of your grant year.

The second article is What Comes Next If Your Grant Was Not Funded? This article gives some good tips for moving forward from a grant rejection notice.

I published these on HubPages where I have also published several other articles (or hubs, as they are called on HubPages). Feel free to add comments after you read them.

Take a few moments to check them out!

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Creative Resources and Research is a consulting firm specializing in grant writing, grant seeking, program evaluation and professional development training. We have worked with hundreds of clients including public and private schools, school districts, universities, non-profit organizations, and social service agencies throughout California, securing over $155 million from federal, state and private foundation funding sources over the past decade. Our primary grant writers and program evaluators have over 50 years of combined experience in the education and social services fields. At CRR we prefer a personal approach to the clients we work with; by developing long term relationships, we are better suited to match client’s needs with available funding sources. We provide a variety of services to help assist you, including grant writing, evaluation consulting, professional development opportunities, and workshops.