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Grant Writing Tip: Be People-Centric.

Successful grant writing is a nuanced, layered, process. This is a message atPlay communicates to all of our partners, and we hope it is a message readers of our grant writing tips are internalizing as well. Today’s tip touches on a central theme common to many of our blog posts: grantmakers consider more than just the application received when evaluating potential grantees.

Today’s grant writing tip: Be a people-centric organization, and demonstrate this in your application.

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Grant Writing Tip: Always Strictly Adhere to Application Guidelines

It’s the mission of the atPlay team to improve the quality of grant applications submitted by sport, recreation, and healthy living organizations. While becoming grant-ready is no overnight task, there are some approaches organizations can take to address what we view as “low hanging fruit” in terms of submitting quality applications. Today’s grant writing tip is a simple one that can make a big difference: always strictly adhere to the grantmaker’s application guidelines.

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Grant Writing Tip: Focus on Solutions, not Problems!

We’re back with another grant writing tip for non profit and charitable organizations seeking to increase their grant writing success rate. Today’s tip emerges directly from the conversations we’ve had with grantmakers: the focus of your grant proposal should always be on a solution, not a problem.

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Spotlight On: Trillium Foundation’s “Promising Young People” Grant Stream

As the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s deadline for grant proposals approaches, atPlay Consulting is breaking down each of the six defined “Action Areas.” Today we’ll look at the stream supporting the overall development of children and youth – “Promising Young People”.

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Grant Writing Tip: The Importance of Feedback

Grant proposal writing isn’t always the most rewarding of tasks. You can spend hours conceptualizing a project, ensuring it aligns with the funder’s guidelines, writing a highly polished and professional proposal, editing it until every i is dotted and t is crossed, spend months envisioning a cheque arriving in your organization’s mailbox…only to receive a briefly worded form letter informing you your proposal was not successful. Where did it go wrong? This week’s grant writing tip: Ask for feedback!

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Grant Writing Tip: Don’t reuse…rewrite!

It’s the mission of atPlay Consulting to deliver grant writing education to the sport, recreation, and healthy living sectors, and as such, we’re providing a series of grant writing tips intended to make your next proposal a success. This week’s tip is intended for those groups submitting applications to multiple funding opportunities. 

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Ontario Trillium Foundation Announces Grant Deadlines

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario’s largest grantmaker, recently announced deadlines for its upcoming funding cycles. The foundation supports a variety of sectors, including sport, recreation, arts, and health, and provides several different grant streams for organizations and projects in different stages of development.

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Grant Writing Tip: Tell a Story

It’s been a little while, but we’re back with another grant writing tip for nonprofits and charities seeking to write truly great funding proposals. Today we’ll be focusing on an often overlooked element in the proposal writing process: the importance of a strong narrative.

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Canada Post Community Foundation Grant Opens

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is currently accepting applications for its 2015 grant program. The fund, which distributed more than $1.3 million in support to over one hundred organization in 2014, is intended to build capacity amongst charities and not for profits delivering programs and services that promote the healthy development of Canadian children.

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RBC After School Project Grant Accepting Applications

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is currently accepting grant applications for its RBC After School Project fund. The fund will be providing nearly $3 million in support to groups providing high quality, structured, after school programming five days a week.

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