Q. Can grant seekers apply for grant money for all kinds of projects?
Yes, for example: projects and businesses for operating expenses and other capital, such as, a new building facility or major pieces of equipment. Sometimes grant applications can also include inventory, salaries, labor, advertising, marketing, etc.
Q. What are the areas that Grantors gift money to grant seekers?
- Small and large business start-ups and/or expansion
- Various Real Estate ventures
- Historical building preservation
- Medical research
- National security
- First-time home purchase
- Environment preservation
Q. What is the first thing a grant seeker should do before applying for a grant?
A. clarify the concept of what their project will entail and what they intend to accomplish. It also helps to know what kind of funding agencies are interested in your project as well as; realistic budget calculations.
Q. What are the various types of granting agencies that offer opportunities?
A. government, private foundations, business and industry, National Institute of Health
Q. What should a beginning proposal writer be familiar with?
A. fellowships, grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, direct costs, indirect costs, some NIH awards for beginning grant seekers, types of granting agencies, where to get information about available grants.
Q. What kind of skills do successful grant writers have?
A. they must have good research, administrative and communication skills.
Q. What do funding agencies look for?
A. a good match between the proposed project and the mission.
Q. What increases the odds of a proposal being accepted?
A. a carefully thought out approach to the project and a well- written and focused presentation.
Q. What are some of the other strengths they must possess?
A. ingenuity, strong social skills, political awareness, integrity and persistence.
Q. To get the grant what does the grant writer need to understand?
A. the nature of the review process, how to meet the demands of the specified instructions and how to fulfill the basic requirements of good expository writing.
Q. Where is the best place to get information about available grants?
A. first and foremost Libraries –locate the Foundation Directory and the Foundation Grant Index, the Associated Grant Makers of Massachusetts in Boston, Gopher@Gopher.NIH.Gov.
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