Secret Grant Money!

Written by Sean Labrock

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Most of these companies spell out exactly what they hope to accomplish by offering corporate grants. This is whererepparttar strategy for preparing applications for these grants should begin.

Use their words, quote their goals, and clearly explain that both you andrepparttar 148966 company haverepparttar 148967 same goals in mind.

Before developing any grant proposal, it is essential to understandrepparttar 148968 goals ofrepparttar 148969 entity offeringrepparttar 148970 grant. In their offering, these goals are clearly explained. From these goals,repparttar 148971 grant writer should note certain buzzwords and phrases which should be incorporated intorepparttar 148972 grant proposal. Simply, give them what they want.

Also, be neat.

Neatness and organization do count.

Demonstrate a Need Companies offering grants donít want to allocate funds to entities with means.

Clearly demonstrate in your proposal why you need their grant money.

Keep records of everything, don't be afraid to re-apply if you are turned down, and always say thank you.

Finally, don't let rejections discourage you as they will be your best learning experiences.

Sean Labrock is a long-time business owner with extensive experience in marketing and advertising. He currently runs the website,, a free source of excellent information on all kinds of grants.

Why Write Down Your Ideas?

Written by Robert F. Abbott

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A written plan also communicates to others a broader scope than a verbal plan. After all, when you're writing, you can bring inrepparttar past, coverrepparttar 148606 present, and look intorepparttar 148607 future. Or, you can illustrate your points with more detail than you can in a verbal report.

So, let's subject this article torepparttar 148608 writing test, to see if hangs together.

First,repparttar 148609 article opened withrepparttar 148610 idea of looking or thinking ahead, and I assumed -- note, I assumed -- that this thinking implied future action.

Second, you'll seerepparttar 148611 idea that to take action, or to get others to take action on our behalf, we need to be clear aboutrepparttar 148612 'what' andrepparttar 148613 'why' before we start. Of course, not every action needs this kind of launch; perhaps I should have said "For important projects...."

Third, I suggestedrepparttar 148614 way to get this clarity is to write it out, but in retrospect, perhaps that simply reflects my bias toward writing. Perhaps you manage well simply by thinking, and don't need to write.

Fourth, I next listed a couple of benefits that flow from writing, and looking back I see a that I had bigger projects in mind when I wrote it.

So, all in all, subjecting this article (at leastrepparttar 148615 first part of it) torepparttar 148616 writing process did haverepparttar 148617 desired effect, and I discovered a couple of assumptions that I wasn't conscious of while writing. And, if I was writing a plan, especially a plan for a big project, those would be worthwhile discoveries.

In summary,repparttar 148618 act and process of writing down an idea will help you implementrepparttar 148619 idea, because it will help uncover some ofrepparttar 148620 assumptions and expectations underlying your idea.

Robert F. Abbott writes and publishes Abbott's Communication Letter. Learn how you can use communication to help achieve your goals, by reading articles or subscribing to this ad-supported newsletter. An excellent resource for leaders and managers, at:

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