Who is this guy? Funding Entity Grant Award Amount U.S. Department of State $ 5,100,000* Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service $ 2,488,340* Texas Education Agency $ 1,930,000* Texas Legislature $ 1,700,000* SBC $ 800,000 USDA Rural Utilities Services $ 500,000* USDA Rural Utilities Services $ 500,000 SOWERS $ 500,000 USDA Rural Utilities Services $ 345,275* Meadows Foundation $ 332,000 Houston Endowment, Inc. $ 300,000 USDA Rural Utilities Services $ 300,000* Texas Infrastructure Fund Board $ 250,000* Houston Endowment, Inc. $ 200,000 U. S. Department of Education $ 150,000* Texas Department of Transportation $ 120,000* Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs $ 100,000 Texas Education Agency $ 100,000* Mississippi Safe and Drug Free Schools $ 75,000* Texas STEP Program $ 75,000* AT&T Foundation $ 50,000* AT&T Foundation $ 30,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife $ 30,000* Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs $ 25,000 AT&T Foundation $ 25,000* Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs $ 25,000 Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs $ 25,000 Texas Commission on the Arts $ 16,000* International Paper Foundation $ 10,000* Texas A&M University-TexLinc $ 10,000* International Paper Foundation $ 10,000* TAMUS/Kellogg $ 10,000* Mississippi Disabilities Prevention $ 8,000* TAMUS/Kellogg $ 8,000* U.S. Fish and Wildlife $ 7,000 Texas Commission on the Arts $ 5,000* International Paper Foundation $ 3,000* Texas A&M University-Texlink $ 2,000* Texas Commission on the Arts$ 600* Total $15,873,215
Types of Donors • Government • Federal • State • Local • Corporate • Foundations • Marketing • Private • Foundations • Individuals
What do they pay for? • Debt Reduction • Operations • Facilities • Staff • Supplies • Equipment • In-direct
Other stuff I should know? • First-in • Last out • Challenge • Fiscal Agent • Written In
Where are they and what to look for? • Internet Search • Foundation Center • List Serve • Newspaper, org websites, etc
How do I approach them? • Introduction • Meeting Request • Inquiry Letter • Exploratory Meeting • Preliminary Proposal • Full Proposal • RFP
Big Picture Stuff • Prove that you have a significant need or problem in your proposal. • Deliver an answer to the need, or solution to the problem, based on experience, ability, logic, and imagination throughout your proposal. Make sure your proposal describes a program/project for change. • Reflect planning, research and vision throughout your proposal. • Research grantmakers, including funding purposes and priorities, and applicant eligibility. • Determine whether the grantmakers' goals and objectives match your grantseeking purposes. • Target your proposal to grantmakers appropriate to your field and project, but do not limit your funding request to one source. • Contact the grantmaker, before you write your proposal, to be sure you clearly understand the grantmaker's guidelines. • Present your proposal in the appropriate and complete format, and include all required attachments.
Typical Anatomy • Boiler Plate Documents • Organizational Information • Problem/Need/Situation Description • Work Plan/Specific Activities • Outcome/Impact of the Activities • Other Funding • Future Funding/Sustainability • Evaluation • Budget
Tips • Follow the guidelines exactly • Descriptive yet concise • Quality Document • Persevere
What’s in Your Wallet? Does anyone have any grant experience they would like to add?
What’s in Your Wallet? What help would you like to have from Tx CCCA related to grants?
What do you want? • Problem/Need/Situation Description • Work Plan/Specific Activities • Outcome/Impact of the Activities