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  • 1.  Grant writing

    Posted 21 days ago

    I am very new to grant writing and I am soliciting any and all advice as to how to get started. I am looking for basic/easy to understand tutorials and information. I am the ED for a mobile spay/neuter nonprofit and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you!


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    Debbie Koenig RVT
    Executive Director
    Operation SPOT
    MO
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  • 2.  RE: Grant writing

    Posted 21 days ago

    be clear and concise- put your results first- industry granting foundations know what the problems are, they want to know that if they give you money, it will make a difference. Set clear targets and report clear results. 

    Example:

    Our targets are:  to Spay/neuter 100 cats in zip code 34205 in the next 90 days 

    to reduce the number of litters of stray kittens from zip code 34205 at Animal Services by 20 percent in the next 6 months

    REsults- We altered 102 cats in 90 days- 62 females, 40 males. Of the 62 females, 42% were pregnant or had recently had a litter.

    At this time, stray kitten intake is down 8 % over last year, and we will continue to monitor intake over the next 90 days to see how much the sterilization of females in the area impacts the intake rate in zipcode 34205



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    Karissa Mayer
    Nates Honor Animal Rescue
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  • 3.  RE: Grant writing

    Posted 21 days ago

    Good advice. . .When applying for grants, we are so focused on what we want to do in the future, it's easy to forget the results and achievements we have obtained in the past.  



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    Susan Clay
    President
    The Martha Decker Memorial Fund for Animals
    FL
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  • 4.  RE: Grant writing

    Posted 21 days ago
    Whenever answering the question, what do you do? Your organization should always focus on achievements not activities. But I'm actually talking about looking to the future. When you are submitting your grant  request have clearly defined targets for what you hope to achieve.

    Karissa Mayer
    Nate's Honor Animal Rescue
    941-809-1698 c

    On Tue, Apr 2, 2024, 6:44 AM Susan Clay via Maddie's Pet Forum <Mail@maddiesfund.org> wrote:
    Good advice. . .When applying for grants, we are so focused on what we want to do in the future, it's easy to forget the results and achievements...
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    Apr 2, 2024 3:43 AM
    Susan Clay

    Good advice. . .When applying for grants, we are so focused on what we want to do in the future, it's easy to forget the results and achievements we have obtained in the past.  



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    President
    The Martha Decker Memorial Fund for Animals
    FL
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 4/2/2024 6:43:00 AM
    From: Susan Clay
    Subject: RE: Grant writing

    Good advice. . .When applying for grants, we are so focused on what we want to do in the future, it's easy to forget the results and achievements we have obtained in the past.  



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    Susan Clay
    President
    The Martha Decker Memorial Fund for Animals
    FL
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-01-2024 12:38 PM
    From: Karissa Mayer
    Subject: Grant writing

    be clear and concise- put your results first- industry granting foundations know what the problems are, they want to know that if they give you money, it will make a difference. Set clear targets and report clear results. 

    Example:

    Our targets are:  to Spay/neuter 100 cats in zip code 34205 in the next 90 days 

    to reduce the number of litters of stray kittens from zip code 34205 at Animal Services by 20 percent in the next 6 months

    REsults- We altered 102 cats in 90 days- 62 females, 40 males. Of the 62 females, 42% were pregnant or had recently had a litter.

    At this time, stray kitten intake is down 8 % over last year, and we will continue to monitor intake over the next 90 days to see how much the sterilization of females in the area impacts the intake rate in zipcode 34205



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    Karissa Mayer
    Nates Honor Animal Rescue


  • 5.  RE: Grant writing

    Posted 20 days ago

    This is excellent advice on having a very specific and measurable project for most grant-making foundations.  I've had excellent success in being awarded multiple grants from foundations coast to coast, who previously had NO relationship with my organization.  The other advice I would offer is this:  Have an electronic and paper file of all the various documents most Foundations want like your IRS letter,; a one-page overview of your organization that includes history, mission statement, organizational structure (board) and financial situation (like our annual budget is $250K and comes from these sources) and finally your outcomes (how many animals did you rescue, spay/neuter etc, whatever your goals are); a background page on your board members and who they are; current operating budget for the organization; a photo sheet of your facility (pictures tell a 1000 words) and some one-page success stories with photos.  Along with a cover letter, a project and its budget, I include all these documents with the majority of grants I apply for whether paper on on-line.   Best of Success!  Grantswriting is worth it but don't be discouraged by turn downs!



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    Bruce Thorsen
    President, Board of Directors
    Purrfect Match Cat Rescue
    Millington TN
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  • 6.  RE: Grant writing

    Posted 20 days ago

    Fantastic and much appreciated suggestions! Keep them coming please! :) 



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    Debbie Koenig
    Executive Director
    Operation SPOT
    MO
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  • 7.  RE: Grant writing

    Posted 20 days ago

    I purchased a subscription to Grant Station through Tech Soup at a significantly reduced price.  It has been extremely helpful identifying granters.  They also offer webinars on how to write grants, etc.   Another thing to note is that a lot of the large funders offer Zoom calls/webinars about their grant process and exactly what they are looking for and not looking for (in terms of how things should be written). I have found all of that very helpful.  



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    Karen Kirsch
    Founder
    Spayed and Aid
    KY
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