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A blog for grant writing professionals, nonprofit leaders, freelancers, and the grant curious!

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August 16, 2022

Can I Make Money as a Grant Writer?

"Can I really make money as a grant writer?" Our short answer and long answer are the same: abso-freakin-lutely! We’re just kidding, we do have a longer answer...it’s the rest of this blog post. ;)

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By Alexis Swenson
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August 12, 2022

The Ideal Career Change for Social Workers - Grant Writing!

Are you a social worker looking to make a career change? Grant writing might be the right career pivot for you. Learn more in this post.

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By Alexis Swenson
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July 10, 2022

Honest Review - How Learn Grant Writing Compares to AGWA

Sarah reviews her experience with the American Grant Writers’ Association vs. Learn Grant Writing. Keep reading to save time, money, and heartache!

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By Meredith Noble
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April 20, 2022

Why Grant Writing is The Best Job For Stay-at-Home Moms

Want a flexible at-home career while you grow your family? Grant writing is one of the best jobs because it’s flexible, profitable, and life-giving.

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By Alexis Swenson
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March 18, 2022

Tom Kenny: Nonprofit Grant Writer to Grant Writing Consultant

Tom Kenny transitions from nonprofit grant writing to grant writing consulting. Becoming a freelancer was scary, but Tom made the leap successfully.

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By Alexis Swenson
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March 15, 2022

How to Plan Your Quarter for Business and Life - The Unicorn Way

On The Unicorn Living Podcast, Meredith Noble and Alex Lustig teach purposeful planning, Unicorn-style. Learn how to plan your quarter for business and life.

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By Marianne Evans
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March 4, 2022

The Yarnalls Write Nonprofit Grants for Veterans

Kim and Bob Yarnall secure their retirement plan and pursue their passion writing nonprofit grants for veterans through their business The Mission Makers.

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By Alexis Swenson
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February 24, 2022

How Do I Pay a Grant Writer?

Organizations pursue grants because they need money, but hiring a professional grant writer costs money. The question is, “Can I pay the grant writer from the grant?”

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By Marianne Evans
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January 16, 2022

Kyle Weckerly: From Ghostwriter to Full-Time Nonprofit Grant Writer

Kyle was also encouraged by other individuals prompting him to check out grant writing, especially since ghostwriting had provided him many transferable skills relevant to grant writing.

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By Alexis Swenson
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January 6, 2022

How To Write a Grant in 7 Easy Steps

Learn how to write a grant using the seven step process we teach at Learn Grant Writing. This is an excellent grant writing training for beginners.

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By Meredith Noble
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December 12, 2021

Stephanie Soliz: Uncovering the “Elusive” Skill of Grant Writing for Nonprofits

After earning her grant writing certificate, Stephanie has helped nonprofits she genuinely cares about win over $150,000 in the last year.

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By Alexis Swenson
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December 5, 2021

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion as a Grant Writer

Learn how to unpack your motivation, combat white saviorism, and be an anti-racist through a selection of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) resources.

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By Alex Lustig
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November 20, 2021

Jess Stack, From Teacher to Grant Writing Consultant in 6 Months

A mere six months into her grant writing journey, Jess has built a grant writing business, has five clients, and won a $300,000 grant!

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By Alexis Swenson
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November 15, 2021

Top Career Change for Teachers

To become a teacher, you must love helping people. If you are looking for a way to keep doing that, but gain flexibility in your schedule, then grant writing might be for you.

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By Alexis Swenson
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November 10, 2021

Communications Graduate Becomes Grant Writer

Sarah wanted to combine her love for marketing and journalism into a way that could benefit and help others, while also working remotely.

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By Alexis Swenson
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November 4, 2021

Why Start a Side Hustle

What can folks do who are not in a position to quit their full-time job, but do want to work for themselves or add an income stream? Drum roll please… Enter: the side hustle.

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By Alexis Swenson
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October 30, 2021

Three Possible Career Paths Through Grant Writing Training

We’re celebrating Celia who landed a salaried job, Barbara who is a nonprofit changemaker extraordinaire, and Joanna who is a consultant and is capitalizing on her fundraising expertise!

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By Alexis Swenson
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October 25, 2021

Project Management For Nonprofits and Grant Writers

So how can you use project management in your nonprofit or as a freelance grant writer? In this post, we share our top project management tips for kicking off a new grant pursuit!

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By Meredith Noble and Alex Lustig
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October 20, 2021

Alexis Gains Confidence & Skills Customized for Her Dream Lifestyle

Alexis secured over $1.3M in grants in the four months after receiving her certificate from Learn Grant Writing. She now regularly contributes to Learn Grant Writing.

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By Alexis Swenson
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September 25, 2021

What is Deficit-Based Versus Strength-Based Writing?

Deficit-based (wrong) versus strength-based (strong) writing involves a shift from focusing on what is broken to instead focusing on what is working.

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By Alexis Swenson
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September 20, 2021

How To Hire a Grant Writer

Can you pay a grant writer from the grant? How much does it cost to hire a grant writer? Where do you find them? All that and more in this post.

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By Alexis Swenson
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August 20, 2021

How to Become a Freelance Grant Writer

A step-by-step approach to becoming a six-figure freelance grant writer, or how to leverage freelance experience to land a full-time job.

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By Alexis Swenson
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August 10, 2021

From Journalist to Grant Writer - A 50% Pay Increase

How Julia-Grace pulled off a major career change in the middle of a pandemic.

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By Alexis Swenson
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July 8, 2021

Review of Top 20 Online Grant Writing Classes

There is a whole internet of opportunity for you to learn more about grant writing.

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By Alexis Swenson
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June 1, 2021

Why a 2nd Edition of Our Grant Writing Book?

The world of funding is changing. This newly expanded and updated version has you covered!

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By Meredith Noble
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November 22, 2020

Grants for Historic Buildings

Learn about funding opportunities for historical structures and how to secure grant funding for them successfully.

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By Meredith Noble
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November 15, 2020

Tips For Your Next Grant Kick-Off Meeting

Bold statement, but how your kick-off goes is a good indicator of how the rest of your grant pursuit will go. Learn how to run a fabulous kick-off meeting.

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By Alex Lustig
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November 11, 2020

Grants for Organizations Serving Veterans

As we think about the sacrifices Veterans (and their families) have made for us on this day, we want to share a few grant opportunities for organizations serving Vets.

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By Meredith Noble
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November 6, 2020

What Is Match Funding For Grants?

And, why you shouldn't be afraid of match funding. Learn how to use match funding strategically.

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By Alexis Swenson
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October 17, 2020

The Difference Between Grant Writing and Fundraising

Upon deeper thought, it’s a bit more challenging to decipher their differences (because they are different).

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By Alexis Swenson
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October 5, 2020

Top 10 Tips for Nonprofits Writing Grants

Learn where to look for grants, how to build relationships with funders, find the right grants, and more.

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By Alexis Swenson
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September 30, 2020

New Book on Grant Writing!

Lots of people want to explore their curiosity about grant writing. We wrote this book to introduce you to the fundamentals of grant writing.

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By Meredith Noble
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September 30, 2020

Writing Your Grant Narrative

Even as pros, it can be overwhelming starting a new grant application. This post shares our best tips for learning to write your first draft of a grant narrative quickly and fearlessly.

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By Meredith Noble
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September 29, 2020

Grant Writing: First or Third Person?

We will break down what is the difference between the 1st and 3rd person and how to write a grant application using a blend.

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By Alexis Swenson
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September 27, 2020

How to Avoid Last Minute Grant Pursuits

If you want a high success rate writing grants and to not burn out, it is critical to learn how to avoid last minute pursuits. Here is our advice when you navigate sticky situations.

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By Meredith Noble
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August 28, 2020

Top Mistakes Made by Grant Writers and How to Avoid Them

Obvious as these tips may seem, they are incredibly easy mistakes to make. Learn them to avoid them!

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By Helen Richards
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August 22, 2020

Must Do Math Before Writing a Grant

For every single grant we seriously consider, we insist on knowing the applicant success rate. Check out this post for the other two must do calculations before applying.

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By Meredith Noble
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August 1, 2020

3 Tests to Decide if a Grant is Worth Pursuing

If you want to increase your success rate writing grant proposals that win, you must decide which grants are worth applying or not.

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By Meredith Noble
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July 27, 2020

Using the FOIA to Get Copies of Past Successful Grant Applications

Learn the fascinating history of the freedom of information act, how to submit a FOIA request, and other important considerations.

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By Tara O'Hanley
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June 28, 2020

Our Evaluation of the Top 10 Grant Databases

We did the research so you don't have to. Check it out for a review of the top 10 databases, plus our final recommendation.

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By Alexis Swenson
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May 27, 2020

What Does Fiscal Sponsorship Mean?

Before you start a non-profit, have you considered partnering with one that already exists? In this post, learn the benefits of fiscal sponsorship.

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By Meredith Noble
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March 26, 2020

Searching 990 Forms for Giving History

If you are looking at Private Foundations for grants, you MUST know how to research their grant giving history. There's a wealth of information in the 990-forms!

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By Katie Cowgill
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February 8, 2020

5 Strategies for 'Invite Only' Grant Funders

What do you do when the funder says their grant program is 'invite-only'? Check out these tips before giving up.

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By Meredith Noble
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January 1, 2020

Getting Stellar Letters of Support

Cookie cutter letters of support are terrible! Learn how step by step approach to receiving diverse and compelling letters of support.

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