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Intl.

Funding
Association Newsletter

Writing

 

For

Action

This month in WFA…
We discuss using grants to
secure international funding
to support small, local
organizations to
Improve our World

Vol. 6, Issue 4

In this Issue…

Grant Writing: A
Valuable Tool for
Funding Professionals

 

“Grants help small,
locally focused
organizations get
started…Grants make a
difference on a local
and global scale”

International Grant
Writing:

As  International  funding  
professionals,  activists,  and  
students,  we  know  the  
importance  of  getting  money  
where  it  needs  to  go,  but  don’t  
always  know  the  best  way  to  
reach  our  goals.    Developing  
grant-­‐writing  skills  across  
national  boundaries  helps  
funding  professionals  be  m ore  
successful,  so  we  can  have  a  
greater  impact  on  our  world.  

 
Page 1:
--Professor D’Amico
--What is Grant Writing?
Page 2:
--Writer’s Tips:
Writing an International
Grant
--Problems in International
Grant Writing

Writing  grants  involves  putting  
together  a  proposal;  based  on  a  
specific  organization’s  
guidelines.    Often,  writers  m ust  
include  budgets,  implementation  
plans,  and  ways  to  monitor  or  
evaluate  the  results.    Grant  
writing  is  not  poetry—there  are  
few  points  for  creativity.    Follow  
the  guidelines  for  each  specific  
proposal  to  have  the  best  chance  
at  securing  funding,  so  that  your  
organization  can  succeed.  

 
 
 

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By James Clinton
International Funding Association

Previous Work:
 

Dr. Linda D’Amico

Global Studies Professor
Winona State University

-­‐-­‐Founded  DECOIN,  a  
human  rights  
organization  in  rural  
Ecuador.  
-­‐-­‐Has  written  many  
successful  grants  to  
promote  
environmental  
sustainability.  
-­‐-­‐Has  reviewed  
grants  for  the  
Fulbright  Foundation.  

Linda D’Amico: Making a
Difference, one grant at a time
Dr.  Linda  D’Amico  knows  a  thing  or  two  about  
the  importance  of  international  grant  writing.  
 
By  writing  successful  international  grants,  
D’Amico  has  funded  watershed  conservation  and  
food  security  projects  in  rural  Ecuador.    Through  
DECOIN,  D’Amico  has  financed  community  
education  campaigns  on  environmental  
protection  and  the  impacts  of  open-­‐pit  mining.  
 
When  asked  about  the  importance  of  good  grant  
writing  skills,  D’Amico  did  not  hesitate.  
“Grant  writing  is  invaluable  if  you  want  to  make  
a  difference  internationally.  They  can  empower  
communities  as  well  as  global  regions.  Grants  
make  a  difference  on  a  local  and  global  scale.”  
 

 
 

Writing

   
“Only when you properly understand who
you are writing
for can you enact
 
meaningful change”

For  

Action

--Linda D’Amico

Writer’s Tips:

Common Problems when
Writing Grants

Writing a Successful Grant
International  grants  can  change  a  
community,  a  country,  and  the  
world  for  the  better.  But  first,  the  
grant  needs  to  be  successful.  
 
Here  are  two  of  Linda  D’Amico’s  
tips  for  writing  grants  for  
international  organizations:  
 
• Look at the Mission
Statement:  
The  language  in  your  grant  
should  echo  the  language  of  
the  foundation  to  which  you  
are  applying.    A  foundation’s  
mission  statement  or  listed  
goals  are  a  perfect  place  to  
start  when  crafting  a  grant.  
 
• Know your
Constituents:  
Nothing  kills  a  grant  faster  
than  a  writer  not  knowing  
what  they  are  applying  for.      
In  international  grant  writing  
this  can  be  difficult,  because  
of  the  different  cultures  
usually  involved.  In  order  to  
properly  represent  your  
constituent’s  interests,  Dr.  
D’Amico  recommends  
immersing  yourself  in  their  
culture.    

 

 
 

Images taken from the
following websites:
 
http://codelcoecuador.com  
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada
/2009/11/22/copper_mesa_sued_for_al
leged_assault.html  

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Why the World needs
Grant Funding…
Dr.  D’Amico  has  used  DECOIN  and  grant  
writing  to  finance  organized  resistance  
against  open  pit  mining  companies  since  
the  early  1990s.    
 
View  the  examples  above  of  community  protests  
and  mining  company  aggression  since  the  1990s  

Grant  writing  is  extremely  
competitive:  many  skilled  writers  
apply  for  the  same  grants,  and  not  all  
projects  get  funded.    To  separate  
your  grants,  make  sure  to  avoid  
these  common  mistakes:  
 
Applying  to  the  wrong  place:  
Funding  foundations  receive  many  
grants,  and  do  not  have  time  to  try  
and  figure  out  if  your  project  fits  
their  goals.    Your  grant  needs  to  
immediately  address  why  your  
project  fits  with  the  foundation’s  
mission.    If  this  seems  difficult,  you  
might  be  applying  to  the  wrong  
foundation.  
 
Getting  “Creative”:    
This  isn’t  a  creative  writing  course.    
Don’t  add  anything  that  isn’t  
specifically  asked  for  in  the  grant  
application  guideline,  and  make  sure  
to  put  everything  in  the  proper  
order.  
 
Cultural  Confusion:  
Foundations  are  based  all  over  the  
world;  make  sure  your  grant  fits  the  
cultural  norms  of  the  country  you  
are  applying  to.    For  example,  don’t  
put  a  budget  in  US  dollars  when  you  
are  applying  to  a  German  
foundation—translate  accordingly!  

Now it’s your turn!
Organizations to consider
when applying for grants:


Hivos International (Dutchbased)
Ford Foundation (US-based)
Big Lottery Fund (UK-based)