Top 10 Mistakes Grant Writers Make That Lead to NOT Getting Funded. #9

Top 10 Mistakes Grant Writers Make That Lead to NOT Getting Funded. #9



hi I'm latrina Patrick with greater vision consultant I specialize in work with nonprofit organizations to help them build their capacity primarily through getting their programs developed so that they are more competitive when they apply for grant funding and ultimately more successful I also work with new and inspiring grant writers through my training and development services to help them learn how to write effective successful grants today I want to continue my discussion about the top ten mistakes that grant writers make that leads to not getting funded yesterday I kicked off this series with number 10 which is they lack community support or they don't demonstrate community support and today for number nine what I want to discuss is that ninth mistake is that they have a poorly written budget and no fiscal capacity and I want to tackle the budget in those two things because overall when you are looking at larger grants like federal and state grants budgets don't accumulate a lot of points usually five to ten points overall that makes a big difference when you're scoring the overall application but in comparison to the whole grant it's usually smaller less points but it still can impact you because that's a big piece of the puzzle and that's looking at whether or not the organization has the physical capacity to be able to implement the program they're proposing the biggest mistake though that grant writers make is that they don't connect their budget to their proposal narrative one of my favorite things to say is that the narrative drives your budget so you don't want to get to the budget and then there are cost in there that don't add up in the sense of it doesn't fit in with anything that was written in the proposal so you'd have to make sure that your budget reflects the narrative so for example you don't want to have something in the budget about purchasing a vehicle or leasing a vehicle for an after school program that you never even mentioned in the narrative you don't want to have fees for personnel or contractors for services that have nothing to do with what you wrote that's a big mistake that immature in the sense of not being in the field for a long time grant writers do you really got to make sure that you give just as much attention to that budget as you do to that narrative and the budget itself is going to have a budget narrative that goes along with it so you have to justify all those expenses in the budget narrative that you put into your actual budget and it makes it a lot easier to do that when you've connected the two to your actual program narrative then other part is obviously having the fiscal capacity you got to have the fiscal capacity to be able to implement the program and with that being said you have to be mindful that if your organizational budget is less than the amount that you are requesting from the funder it's not gonna look good for you so just make sure you're aware that you have to be able to implement your programs as being reimbursable acts and that you won't get that money right away so if you can't operate your program without that funding from the feds or whoever the funder is then you're not gonna be very successful now if you want more tips about how you can be an effective successful grant writer I have a class that's coming up that's designed just for you coming up in August I'm going to kick off a four-week bootcamp and it's a grant writing 101 class that's designed specifically for beginners so I want you to go over to my website at www.att.com/biz you get registered between now and July 31st you'll get an early bird discount rate which cuts $50 off the cost so go over to that page and check that out as soon as you possibly can and while you're on the website I ask you to please subscribe to my email updates you'll get more information about training and events that are coming up in the future and if you do that I'm giving a promotional offer for a limited time where if you are new to the site go over and register and you will get a free copy of my introduction to grant writing training so go over to my website WWE TV and consulting com and tune in tomorrow for the third tip in our top ten mistakes that grant writers make that lead to not getting funded talk to you soon bye

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