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Supports committed community-based and national organizations, focusing significant resources on places where children face especially tough challenges. The Kellogg Foundation also works with larger coalitions, providing leadership and funding to help them expand their reach and influence. The website includes a grants database, information for grantees and grant-seekers, as well as a logic model development guide for grants and an evaluation handbook for project directors who have direct responsibility for funded projects.
1. An ill-defined problem
Do you understand the problem you are trying to address? Can you explain it clearly to the person who is reading the grant application and who may not have any knowledge of your organization's mission or purpose?
2. Copying and pasting large portions from one section to another (repeating too much of the same information)
If you simply copy and paste large chunks of information from one section to the next, you lose your audience. Don't repeat yourself. Be more creative than that.
3. A budget that is not clear, or that does not total to the amount requested
Have you thought out how to spend the money if you get it? Are you asking for "supplies/consumables" that most funding organizations would expect you to be able to pay for as part of your regular budget? Are you asking for items that would outlive the grant for an unreasonable amount of time, but have not addressed how you would pay for maintenance, repairs, etc. after the grant funding stops? Does your math add up?
4. A lack of a viable, concrete solution that is clearly explained
Does your grant read like you are throwing spaghetti on the wall and hoping something sticks? Does it read like it was written the day before it was due? Does it have grammar or spelling errors?
As you work with your team to write the grant proposal, does everyone have the same vision and goals? Or is the team leaving it all to one person to define the problem and layout the objectives? If you are planning education outreach activities, and are requesting funding for additional staffing, how are you going to pay for the staffing when the money runs out? If you are asking for funding of a website, brochures, supplies, additional phones, etc. for an awareness campaign, how will you maintain the momentum gained after the grant is finished? If you are asking for funding for new beds for a shelter, who will pay utilities, maintenance, etc. when the funding is gone?
5. A lack of direction
If the grant application doesn't convince the funding organization that you have a mission and a goal that is both practical and clearly defined for the audience, they won't fund it. Be specific about objectives, milestones, and outcomes.
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