Grant Writing Hacks

Visit the ever growing repository of essential tools, tips, and tricks for writing successful grants.

 

Excellent Miscellaneous Resources:

 

http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/grants/scholgrantseminar.htm

http://www.proposalwriter.com/grants.html

http://www.proposalwriter.com/grantopps.php

http://www.educationworld.com/

http://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/archives/grants.shtml

Calendars and Schedules

These links and apps can be essential tools in keeping up with notes, deadlines, schedules, and calendars:

Doodle
www.doodle.com
A scheduling website that allows to create individual and group activities

Evernote
http://evernote.com/
Evernote helps you to remember and act upon ideas, projects, and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use

Demographics and Mapping Sources

These sources can help you with demographic information and mapping statistics about certain areas:

Socioeconomic Mapping and Resource Topography SMART System Kids Count
http://datacenter.kidscount.org/

Batchgeo Mapping
Makes maps from a list of multiple locations, use addresses, postcodes, or coordinates. Free hosting for your interactive map locator
http://batchgeo.com/ 
 

Collaboration and Info Sharing

Are you writing a grant with someone? These links and sites can make it easier for you to share files, notes, and resources with others:

Google+
Enables you to share links and messages with those within your designated 'circle' or group
https://plus.google.com

Google Docs
Helpful with writing, creating, editing and sharing documents with others 
https://docs.google.com/

Mindjet
Provides a whiteboard and other tools for coming up with ideas such as brainstorming and concept mapping
https://www.mindjet.com/

Writing Assistance

Below are some helpful writing tips and resources to get you started with writing your proposal:

Nonprofits and Data: A How-To Series
Provides instructions on using data to support grant applications and other funding opportunities
http://cridata.org/tutorials.aspx

79 Grant Writing Resources Blog
A little dated now but still points to plenty of great resources for grant writers
http://grant-writing-resources.blogspot.com/

Written Kitten
http://writtenkitten.co/?&preview=1
Every hundred words (can be changed) an image of a kitten pops up to encourage you to write more
 

Data and Statistics

Need data or nonprofit information? These links will assist you finding that information:

Guidestar
https://www.guidestar.org/Home.aspx

National Center For Education Statistics
http://nces.ed.gov/
The NCES collects, analyzes and makes available data related to education in the US and other nations.

National Center for Charitable Statistics
www.nccs.urban.org/ 
Develops and disseminates data on nonprofits.

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
www.childhealthdata.org/ 
Easy access to children's health data allows researchers, policymakers, family advocates and consumers to work together. This teamwork promotes a higher quality health care system for children, youth, and families.

Grant Seeking Resources

Grant writing can sometimes be tricky. Below is a list of handy resources to help you in your efforts:

Grant Proposal
http://www.grantproposal.com/inquiry.html

Grant Space
http://grantspace.org/
Another resource for grant seekers

Grant Gopher
https://www.grantgopher.com/ 
The (self-proclaimed) best resource for grant writers.

Salesforce: Power of Us
http://www.salesforcefoundation.org/power-of-us 
Through the Power of Us program, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions can get access to salesforce.com products donated and at a deep discount.