Grant Writing, Non-Profits and Philanthropy: Grant Writing 101

General Resources

The Body Heart and Soul of Grant Writing

Topics about grant writing such as "What is a Grant," "The RFP Application," and "The Search for Grants" are covered in this site.

How to Become a Tax-Exempt 501(c)(3) Non-profit Organization

A Proposal Writing Short Course

The Foundation Center publishes this site, which give tips and strategies for grantwriting.

Grant Proposal Writing Tips 

Some good, clearly-stated tips from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which reviews hundreds of proposals a year.

How to Write a Mission Statement  

A clear outline by Janet M. Radtke on writing a mission statement for an organization. A site of the Los-Angeles based Grantsmanship Center. (pdf)
This common grant application form is accepted by a number of foundations. It can also be useful in organizing the information needed in a project proposal. (pdf)


    Federal Web Sites

    • Developing And Writing Grant Proposals  
      A must-read for those applying for federal grants. By the staff of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.
    • EPA Grantwriting Tutorial  
      An online tutorial from Purdue University in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    • Applicant Resources  
      Includes Developing a Grant Proposal from the CFDA (above) plus terminology proposal writing links, links to application packages, grantmaking agencies, types of grants, and more.
    • How to Develop and Write a Grant Proposal  
      This report is intended for Members and staff assisting grant seekers in districts and states, and it includes writing proposals for both government and private foundations grants.

    Mission Statements

    The purpose of the Mission Statement is to provide sufficent information about your project that will capture the grantor's attention and place your application in line for serious consideration.  The mission statement should contain the purpose of your organization, the organization's goals and objectives and the purpose for which you are seeking funding.

    Some examples:

    How to Write a Mission Statement

    How to write a non-profit mission statement

    Steps for a successful grant application

    Mission Statement Guidelines

    Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation

    Associate Librarian & Instructor, University Writing Program

    Non-Governmental Funding

    Grant Writing Proposal Tips

    A very good source of tips from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  CPB reviews hundreds of proposals a year.

    This site focues on providing free resouces for the novice as well as the experienced grant writier.

    Grant Writing Tools for Non-profit Organizations

    A free Web-based grant-writing number of tools for non-profit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other community-minded groups.  The guide is designed to assist established US-based non-profits through the grant-writing process.

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