Resources

Grant Writing Reminder: It’s a Grant, Not a Gift

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal is a good resource on effective grant writing. http://www.mcf.org/system/article_resources/0000/0325/writingagrantproposal.pdf

Talking Points for Talking About the Outdoor Experience

Following are a number of websites that not only confirm the value of Camp Fire’s outdoor and environmental programming but also provide language for proposals around the impact of the outdoor experience on children.

http://sunshineparenting.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/five-reasons-great-parents-send-their-kids-to-camp

http://www.acacamps.org/research/care-briefing-papers

http://www.acacamps.org/research/understand/nature

http://www.campparents.org/nature

http://www.campparents.org/case-camp

Online Proposal Development Resources

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) has a free version to search for grantmakers in your council’s area.

http://fdo.foundationcenter.org

Grantspace is a free online community sponsored by FDO for connections to information on potential funders.

http://www.grantspace.org/user/register

Guidestar has a free version to research potential funders. It offers PDF copies of each grantmaker’s 990. The 990 is the tax form that charities have to file. At the end of the 990, you will find a listing of the organizations it funded in that tax year.

http://www.guidestar.org

Chronicle of Philanthropy has a free newsletter that goes out a few times a week. There are links to who’s funding what and a list of grants that have been posted that day.

http://philanthropy.com/page/Free-Newsletters-From-The/236

Charity Navigator also has a free newsletter.

http://www.charitynavigator.org

The Boost Collaborative (Best of Out-of-School Time) has a good listing of funding opportunities that are available; it’s updated fairly often.

http://www.boostcollaborative.org/fundingopportunities

Harvester.gov will find copies of audits that foundations have submitted.

https://harvester.census.gov/fac/dissem/accessoptions.html

County Health Rankings has data on how counties across the nation fare in specific health areas.

http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/#app

The government also has free information that goes out on a regular basis. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html;jsessionid=TwpMSTnD6gvSwGBF2S1gxvb81qDRXBZ5vy33yqLqMLnx1f228

The government also has some excellent research sites that you can use to bolster proposals that you are preparing for a funder. Here are some of those:

​Additional government resources for proposals

USAcounties.gov offers Census data for any county in any state.

http://censtats.census.gov/usa/usa.shtml

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has data on food deserts, on a county-by-county basis, across the United States.

http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-access-research-atlas/go-to-the-atlas.aspx

Childstats.gov also has a wealth of information available.

http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/index.asp

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a plethora of information available on much more than housing.

http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/socds.html