So you have started a non-profit organization. You have selected your cause, received your 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS, and are ready to start making a difference. Of course, to start having that impact you need funding for your projects. Seed money, donations, and fundraising will go a long way to meet your needs. Grants can also help expand your impact.
Every day that we have interactions with our clients and readers there are new questions about grant funding. Below are some questions that have been posed to us lately, with responses. We hope this information will give you some insight on the grant world as well as our company.
The Abstract is your grant proposal’s first impression, usually the most important part of your grant application. It is the less-than-a-minute chance you have to grab a reviewer’s attention and develop interest in reading more. Based on the first few lines of the Abstract, most reviewers develop a positive or negative mindset about the proposal, and then look for evidence to support that initial opinion. Therefore, the Abstract is THEE most critical piece of the entire proposal and deserves a great deal of time and attention throughout the entire grant proposal writing process. Below are some points to help you in writing a strong Abstract.