GRANT SOURCES & GRANT WRITING
The National Park Service maintains a page of links to federal and state funding sources: http://www.nps.gov/partnerships/funding_sources.htm
“FirstGov for Nonprofits”: http://www.firstgov.gov/Business/Nonprofit.shtml Portal for: agency-specific nonprofit resources; fundraising; assistance; management; laws; and more.
“Grants.gov” allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies. http://www.grants.gov
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission is the grantmaking affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For further information: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply/program.html
Preservation Assistance Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities help small and mid-size institutions--including town and county records offices -- improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. These collections may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine arts, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, and historical objects. Grants are awarded in amounts of $2000, $3500 or $5000. Towns and cities may find these grants particularly useful as a source of funding for training, consulting fees, or restoration expenses for items of important historical documents. http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html
Primary Source is the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ free e-mail newsletter. It alerts readers to grant availability and provides tools to help applicants, showcases best practices, and highlights IMLS conferences, research, and publications. Past issues of the newsletter and subscription information are available at: http://www.imls.gov
“The Foundation Center: A Proposal Writing Short Course”:
http://fdncenter.org/learn/shortcourse/prop1.html .Provides a nice explanation on the core elements which should be included in most grant proposals and can be quite useful for the experienced grantwriter as well as the beginner.
“Grant Proposal.com” is a site devoted to providing free resources for both advanced grantwriting consultants and inexperienced nonprofit staff. It includes discussion on inquiry letters, proposal writing, advice from funders, writing tips, and more. http://www.grantproposal.com/
“The Proposal Writer’s Guide” by Don Thackery is posted on the University of
Michigan’s website: http://www.research.umich.edu/proposals/pwg/PWGCONTENTS.HTML
The chapter on why proposals are rejected is of particular interest.