Goodness, hope and heroes are making a difference every day. Best wishes on making your community or world project get the financing it needs to come alive and impact lives! – Judy Dippel

“CNN Heroes—Everyday people changing the world,” inspires all of us who have watched it. These encouraging ‘heroes’ stories, allows us to revel in how ordinary people are making an extraordinary difference. Amazing feats!  Check them out on the CNN website. You mayhave someone to nominate for next year’s award show.


Do you have an idea that could positively impact your neighborhood, city, or the world? Are you struggling to keep an established project afloat? Do you have a heart for service, and have the skills that meet the needs of a specific niche? If so, put into action you can make a significant difference for someone or something. It takes an entrepreneur spirit and business sense, followed with a committed group of people who want to come on board to help put this
into action. But…

“But … we need the money,” puts a halt to more ingenuity and development than I’m sure any of us can imagine. My hope is that this newsletter provides a kick-start to begin researching and writing grants that fund worthwhile, well-organized projects that are ready to be developed.      

Identify (craft in writing) what the project is that you are requesting money for,
and the timeline—programs, building, staff, etc. There are specific categories to match when applying for grants. Read grant guidelines carefully. Craft a completed grant proposal exactly as they request.

Specific plans/goals/outcomes, and a proven track record of experience and success with a past or current project, will improve the opportunity of being awarded grant money. In writing, funding trusts, organizations and corporations have to see specific details of how their money will be used to make a viable difference.

Be able to clearly state the problem (why there is a need), the opportunity (what the project will do), the impact (expected outreach and outcomes) and the approach (outline dated goals and actions).

Research is one of the most important aspects of receiving awards from grants. Once you have the above organized in writing, commit the time needed to identify specific foundations and trusts that are a good match. They clearly state in their websites what types of organizations, people and projects they support. It must be a good match for your project or submitting is a waste of effort and time. Some are regional, specific purposes, etc. Most take phone calls if you have questions, or need help with the grant writing process.

Write letters of inquiry to those who request it, prior to sending in grant application.

Identify a “go to” person in your organization who can respond in a timely manner.

Available CFO or accountant who can supply 3-year accounting records.

Board Members are often a good grant writers, or  “go to” person.

The numbered items below show what was needed for one particular grant I wrote. If these details are already determined and written by you, it makes the grant writing process go much easier for whoever is writing the grant. It saves lots of back and forth time to retrieve necessary information, plus allows this information to be used repeatedly for multiple grant applications.

The items below are also a good gauge about how organized an organization really needs to be to begin requesting grant money. The application process requires it … plus it’s a benefit to the development of your organization.


  • Financial resources and cohesive, well thought out business plan. 
  • For your project, identify and organize in writing all of the items below.
  • Next research which grants match. List them, the dates and deadlines they have for applications.

Now you are ready to begin the grant writing process. Simple as 1, 2, 3…

1.  Project title:  Brief description of how the trust dollars would be used
2.  Timetables:  Amount of grant sought, including start and finish of the project
3.  Organization: Mission, Priorities, Values, People Served, Similar Organizations
4.  Organizational Financial Record: 3-4 years.  Revenues, assets, change in assets, other   support
5.  Itemized Project Budget: Objectives
6.  Project Funding Plan and Goals
7.  Project Budget Summary
8.  Organizational Summary
9.  Relevance: why a particular trust was chosen to apply to—goes back to the “good match.”
10. Project Staff: Key people and job responsibilities of project staff and managers
11.  Project Significance: Why will this project be viewed as important by your organization and others in the region?
12. What is the projected effect of receiving precious support
13. Future of Project: Will this project continue beyond the grant period? How will it be sustained?
14. Evaluation Plan: Approach to evaluating success in reaching cited objectives.
15. Full description of the project

Let me know how it goes!



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