Grant Writing

More than Just Writing

Grant writing is a bit of a misnomer. Successful grant-writing involves advance planning and preparation. Learning the landscape, gathering data and developing your logic model are the oft neglected steps needed prior to sitting down to write the proposal.

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Potential Funding Partner Matrix

Use this matrix as a convenient way to keep track of potential funders and deadlines as well as aligning funder priorities to individual programs.

Types of Fundraising

This document defines the various types of fundraising and explores the pros and cons of each type.

Grant Application Sample A

Seacoast Eat Local shared this sample grant application

Grant Application Sample B

The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center shared this sample grant application

Grant Budget Breakdown

Get a breakdown of what should be in your grant budget along with a list of common mistakes and a final checklist for reviewing that budget before you submit it.

Grant Strategy Tracking Chart

Use this chart to track the key elements of the grants you are seeking.

Making the Case - Preparation and Phone Script

Sometimes scripting out an important phone call, such as that to a foundation program officer, can help eliminate jitters and keep you on task.

Making the Case - Preparation Worksheet

Use this form to prepare for an initial phone call to a foundation regarding funding for a new project.

Positioning Your Grant Request for the Best Results

Submitting a proposal to a foundation requires some preparation to increase your chances of success. Keeping these steps in mind can make a big difference.

Template: 2-Year Grant Budget

This 2-year budget template will get you off to a good start on your next grant proposal budget.

The Grant Writing Toolkit
Tips for Successful Grant Writing

Before you send that proposal, scroll through this checklist to make sure all your ducks are in a row.

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Unprecedented Collaboration

Nearly 20 foundations and corporations have invested in building the capacity of NH nonprofits through their support of this project.

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The Go Factor

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