Grant Writing Tips

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The Trick to Doubling Your Narrative - Letters of Support!

Last week, we shared our best party tricks on grant writing through two in-person workshops. The first one-day intensive was for community planners from Haines, to Denali Borough, to Nome as part of the Alaska Planning Association Conference. The second was a two-day course for Tribal Environmental Coordinators hosted by Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. We had participation from Kassan on Prince of Wales Island, to Bethel, to Chickaloon. Between these two workshops, we had representation from almost every corner of the state!

One area that was not expected was so much discussion on the topic of letters of support. Below is a recap of key takeaways for collecting genuine, inspirational letters of support that can nudge your application ahead of the rest.

Step 1: Develop a Contact List. We provide a spreadsheet template in our online Grant Writing Class, but it’s something you can easily reproduce. Before you host your kick-off meeting, list any and all organizations that...

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Grants for Organizations Serving Veterans

grants Nov 12, 2018


Veterans – thank you for your service.

As we think about the sacrifices Veterans (and their families) have made for us on this day, the team at LearnGrantWriting.Org wanted to share a few grant opportunities for organizations serving Veterans. We will close with a few tips on how to evaluate a funding opportunity to determine if it is worth pursuing.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Capacity Building Grants 

Overview: The Capacity Building Grants provide support to our nation’s veterans. These grants are awarded to organizations around the country who are addressing the mental and physical recovery of veterans in unique ways. Service dogs, equine therapy, yoga, art therapy, and recreational therapy are just a few of the innovative programs that DVNF supports.

Grant Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadlines: Letter of inquiry February 9, 2019, full proposal due March 9, 2019.

Eligibility: Must be a 501(c)3 non-profit




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Inspiration for Ideas: Funding for a Historic City Hall

When I’m looking for inspiration on how to get a complicated project funded, I like to see how others funded their projects. This week we will look at funding opportunities for a historic city hall.

To be clear, city hall or other municipal-type buildings can be extremely difficult to secure grant funding. This is because it is expected that those expenses are covered by local government revenues. Occasionally though, you will have a unique case for getting your project funded, and that was the case for this project.

Instead of moving City Hall to the outskirts of the community with a new building, they were working to preserve and upgrade the historic building that originally housed city administration. This small community was known for valuing its historic assets and having a charming downtown.

Here are the ideas that I presented to them (back in 2017!):

Washington State Historical Society: Heritage Capital Projects Fund – This program is your best option for...

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