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Finding & Securing Funding: Sustaining Your Success. OACHE Winter Retreat 02.19.09 Dr. Pollyanne S. Frantz Development Consultant Appalachian Higher Education Network Appalachian Regional Commission. Today’s agenda:. Funding opportunity databases Awards information

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Finding securing funding sustaining your success

Finding & Securing Funding: Sustaining Your Success

OACHE Winter Retreat 02.19.09

Dr. Pollyanne S. Frantz

Development Consultant

Appalachian Higher Education Network

Appalachian Regional Commission


Today s agenda
Today’s agenda:

  • Funding opportunity databases

  • Awards information

  • Electronic publications

  • Hands-on searching practice

  • Letters of inquiry overview

  • Hands-on LOI writing practice

  • Information sharing: what we plan to do


Funding opportunity databases
Funding opportunity databases

  • Broadest in scope (includes federal/state/private funders):

    • Community of Science (subscription)

    • Sponsored Programs Information Network (subscription)

    • GrantsNet (free)

    • FundSource (free)

  • Federal funding only:

    • Grants.gov

    • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

  • Private funders (foundations) only:

    • Foundation Directory Online (subscription)

    • Foundation Center’s Foundation Finder (free)

    • Foundation Center’s 990PF (free)

  • Other valuable resources:

    • Appalachian Regional Commission (free)

    • GuideStar (free & subscription)


Looking at awards made
Looking at awards made

  • Agency databases: NSF, NIH, DoED

  • Agency web sites: NEH, NEA

  • Research.gov

  • Individual foundation web sites

  • Foundation Center

    • Foundation Finder & 990 Finder (FREE)


Selected electronic publications
Selected Electronic Publications

  • Agency-specific:

    • MyNSF (National Science Foundation)

    • EDInfo. (U.S. Dept. of Education)

    • NIH TOC (National Institutes of Health)

    • NEH Connect! (National Endowment for the Humanities)

  • RFP Bulletin (Foundation Center)

  • Grants.gov email notification subscription (federal)

  • Rural Assistance Center Health Update (mix)

  • GrantsNet Funding News (RSS format)


Searching strategies
Searching Strategies

  • Define your project & create a list of related keywords & terms

  • Think broadly on initial searches

  • Refine & limit searches based on initial results

  • Use different keywords & phrases in search results to launch additional searches

  • Don’t rely on just one database


Learning more about the funder
Learning more about the funder

  • People

  • Areas of interest

  • Giving trends (awards history)

  • Giving amounts

  • Method of approach


Interpreting guidelines part 1
Interpreting Guidelines Part 1

  • Read (and re-read) guidelines:

    • Are you eligible?

    • What will be funded?

    • What is the agency really looking to fund?

    • What is the format?

    • What information is required?

    • Are these the most current guidelines?

    • When is the deadline?

    • How many awards will be made?


Interpreting guidelines part 2
Interpreting Guidelines Part 2

  • Pay close attention to:

    • Words

    • Concepts

    • Phrasing

    • Themes

    • Review criteria

  • Further sleuthing includes:

    • Perusing agency’s web site for additional information

    • Searching awards databases

    • Talking to program officers

    • Talking to funded and unfunded PIs


The look into your head heart for answers questions
The “look into your head & heart for answers” questions:

  • Do we want to do this?

  • Can we do it?

  • Can we compete?


The letter of inquiry
The Letter of Inquiry

The first step toward

cultivating a relationship

with a funder.


What it should be
What it should be

  • Brief & written with clarity

  • A description of you & why you are seeking funding

  • Evident that you have researched the funder and its priorities

  • In compliance with formatting requirements specified by funder


What it should look like
What it should look like

  • Printed on finest quality stationery

  • Board members’ names listed on left

  • Proper formatting & length

  • Appropriate use of

    • Headings

    • Bullets

    • Page numbers

    • White space


The 10 elements of content
The 10 elements of content

  • Title

  • Project overview

  • Statement of problem


The 10 elements of content1
The 10 elements of content

  • Project aims & objectives

  • Target population

  • Experience & qualifications

  • Evaluation plan


The 10 elements of content2
The 10 elements of content

  • Support from other sources & sustainability plan

  • Budget

  • Letter author’s contact information


How it should read
How it should read

  • Opening paragraph

  • Project overview

  • Statement of problem

  • Project aims and objectives

  • Target population

  • Experience & qualifications

  • Evaluation plan

  • Support from other sources

  • Sustainability plan

  • Budget

  • Closing paragraph with contact information


The timeline what happens next
The timeline: what happens next?

  • Don’t pester funder for response – allow time for review

  • Status update:

    • Approved

    • Rejected

    • More information requested:

  • Regardless of outcome, write thank you letter


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