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.
Online Proposal Development Resources
Foundation Directory Online (FDO) has a free version to search for grantmakers in your council’s area.
Grantspace is a free online community sponsored by FDO for connections to information on potential funders.
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.
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.
Charity Navigator also has a free newsletter.
The Boost Collaborative (Best of Out-of-School Time) has a good listing of funding opportunities that are available; it’s updated fairly often.
Harvester.gov will find copies of audits that foundations have submitted.
County Health Rankings has data on how counties across the nation fare in specific health areas.
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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has data on food deserts, on a county-by-county basis, across the United States.
Childstats.gov also has a wealth of information available.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a plethora of information available on much more than housing.