Seeing through the Grant Reviewers’ Eyes

How do you think a grant reviewer will see your proposal? Try putting yourself mentally in the place of the reviewer, keeping in mind that he or she has no emotional attachment to your idea, nor any prior background knowledge of why your project would be a good one.Here, we get some hints and insights from professional grant reviewers about what their preferences and pet peeves are (adapted from research by Purdue University).

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Tip: What If Your Proposal Is Rejected?

It’s unquestionably a huge disappointment to work hard on your grant proposal, only to have it not be chosen. At this point you can either become discouraged and give up, or you can use the rejection as a learning experience. Most proposals are rejected. Given the large numbers of proposals that are submitted, that is a reality of the process. However, you can try to pinpoint the reason in several ways:

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Should You Hire A Grant Writer?

If you are having difficulty deciding whether or not to hire a grant writer, below are some pros and cons that can help you decide what is right for you. One advantage of hiring a writer to assist you with putting together your proposal is that it can mean faster results. The basic job of a grant writer is to complete your work based on your financial strategy in a timely manner.

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Hidden Grants

Did you know that many local governments have grants that are not publicized? Some communities have funding set aside, but they don’t publicize it. Often, the only way to find out about available funding is to call or visit your government offices, find the resident grant expert, and inquire about available programs. The best example of this is someone from my own office who wanted a grant to help her with a down payment on a new house.

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A Hidden Benefit of Higher Education

We’ve all heard about how having a college or university education can be intellectually fulfilling and, in most cases, helps you increase your lifetime earnings. Certain degrees, such as medicine or engineering, are considered to be tickets to a middle to upper-middle class economic bracket. Other degrees, such as art degree or some liberal arts studies have less of a solid connection between the degree and future earning power,

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A Business Plan Can Be Your Best Friend

One thing that many entrepreneurs have in common is a dread and distaste for the thought of writing a business plan. I want to change your mind about that and tell you why a good business plan can be one of the best friends your current or future business could possibly have. One of the most important things that you can know about a business plan is that you most likely will not get any funding for your business without one,

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New Business Grants in the United States

Many American entrepreneurs are interested in receiving help with funding to supplement the costs of launching a new business. Starting a new venture can be exciting, but one aspect of it is that when you’re just on the verge of opening or have just started, it can seem like everyone has their hand out to be paid, whether it’s for an operating license, utility hookup, purchasing equipment, buying signage, whew, the list goes on….

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One Crucial Little Tip for Your Government Grant Applications

One popular misconception about getting grants is that they are awarded to those who are most in need. You may be familiar with an old television show called “Queen for a Day” that was broadcast in the US in the early 1960s. The premise of the show was that contestants would take turns telling their hard-luck stories, usually involving financial and emotional difficulties.

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Is Buying a Fixer-Upper House a Good Deal?

After the big recession hit, many American homeowners found themselves in a situation of being unable to keep up their house payments. As you may recall reading at the time, some mortgages were approved for buyers who did not necessarily have good prospects of being able to keep up with their house payments, and unfortunately, many of them did lose their homes.

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Are Grants Gifts?

Often, you’ll hear it said that a grant is a gift. I’ve phrased it that way myself. It’s a convenient, shorthand way to differentiate them from loans, to put the emphasis on the fact that they do not have to be repaid.
But in other, important ways, grants are different from gifts, as we like to think of the term.

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