Children and Youth Funding Report

Funding Tips

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Getting a Private Grant—What To Do, What To Avoid

Foundations have established procedures for grant review and those whose job it is to review grants will probably not be happy if you go over their head or around their authority.

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When Searching for Operating Funding, Keep a Narrow Focus

As with all grantseeking, you need to start out with the basics -- check out the official application guidelines. While there are some complexities to requesting general operating support, the first step is about as simple as it gets -- does the foundation prohibit funding for salaries, overhead and administrative costs?

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Patience, Fundraising Plan Will Help Shake the Money Tree

Fundraising is tough work: you're competing against organizations that are larger, have better connections or have more people working on raising money. How can you get ahead to shake the money tree? By working smarter and not harder; First, plan ahead.

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Important Resources for Youth, Child Welfare Programs

Here are a number of important links for grant seekers who are looking for federal funding to support their youth and child welfare projects. The links focus on information provided by HHS and the Administration for Children and Families.

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To Leverage Matching Gifts, Appoint a Coordinator

For grant seekers looking to leverage their matching gifts, they might be better served by appointing one person as the matching gift coordinator than it would be by having a whole staff know just a few facts about matching gifts. The coordinator is the expert, or matching guru, and the rest of yo...

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Finding Federal Grants -- the 26 U.S. Grantmaking Agencies

The new federal fiscal year opened on Oct. 1, which means that federal grantmaking will also be cranking up soon, pending approval from Congress. Federal opportunities, for the most part, offer an annual deadline through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) or a solicitation and are posted ...

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Private Funders Focus on Creative Placemaking

The Kresge Foundation and A Blade of Grass are two private funders who are focusing on supporting creative placemaking projects, which combine arts/culture with community revitalization. Kresge's Pioneering New Approaches accepts applications at any time. The program supports the testing of n...

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DoEd Seeks Qualified Reviewers for Carol M. White Competition

The Education Dept.'s Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) is seeking qualified peer reviewers to read and evaluate discretionary grant proposals for the FY 2016 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant competition (CFDA Number: 84.215F). For the PEP competition, OSHS is seeki...

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When Seeking Funding, People-Focused Applications Get Results

When writing grant proposals, many nonprofits mistakenly focus their applications on programs and not the people or unmet needs that are being served. Grant seekers should be aware, funders rarely pay for "stuff." Foundations and corporations want to hear about people that are being ...

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Funding Available to Meet Matching Threshold

With the federal competitive grants competitions moving into high gear, the Education Dept. is reminding applicants that most of the competitions will allow applicants to use volunteer services to meet the funding match that some grants require. Federal matching requirements can be the most trou...

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