Applying for Grants
Grant Writing Assistance - A successful grant proposal is one that is well-prepared, thoughtfully planned, and concisely packaged. These links provide basic information on how to write proposals and navigate the grant application process.
Proposal Preparation Source: University of Iowa, Department of Sponsored Programs
Grant Writers' Tools Source: University of Iowa, Department of Sponsored Programs
Developing a Grant Proposal Source: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Proposal Writer's Guide Source: University of Michigan
A Practical Guide for Writing Proposals Source: Alice Reid, M. Ed., Instructor of English and Educational Technology
Grant writing resources with an emphasis on applications to foundations/non-profits:
Grant Writing Tips Source: Schoolgrants.org
Tips for Writing a Proposal Source: Education Place
Proposal Writing Source: Foundation Center
DUNS Numbers - All federal grant applications require a Data Uiversal Numbering System (DUNS) number. These links provide the information necessary to help you meet this requirement.
What is a DUNS Number?
Requirement Notification - August 14, 2003
Demographics and Statistics - This data can be used to support your needs statement.
Iowa Census Data Tables - Source: State Data Center, State Library of Iowa
The State Data Center of Iowa is your source for population, housing, business and government statistics about Iowa, including data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Iowa state agencies, and other state and federal sources.
Statistics and Research Resources - Source: Mickey's Place in the Sun
Statistics, data and research: domestic, child, elder, sexual abuse and neglect and violence - accidents, injuries, traffic crashes - agriculture - children and youth - clearinghouses - crime - juvenile crime - demographics - drugs and drug abuse - economics - education - health - homelessness - immigration - journals and publications - organizations - public opinion - seniors - statistical centers (regional, national, international) - statistical tutors - transportation -- information and resources helpful to citizens, policymakers, media, volunteers and mentors, community leaders, businesses, educators, religious leaders, children's advocates, service providers.
Educational Resources - Iowa's colleges and universities and libraries are a great resource for grant information and educational opportunities. If you're aware of additional resources that are not listed here please contact the Iowa Grants Management Coordinator as listed in Contact Us.
Foundation Center Cooperating Libraries - Cooperating Collections are free funding information centers in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grant seekers.
If you live near these, search core collections funded by the Foundation Center. Each also has a file of Iowa private foundation IRS 990-PF forms that list a foundationís recent grants. FC Search is a CD-ROM database that includes 53,000 foundations and corporate givers and is also available in these libraries.
University of Iowa - The University of Iowa's Department of Sponsored Programs is referenced in several areas of this web site.
Iowa State University - Iowa State University provides access to the Foundation Center's FC Search which is a CD-ROM database. This is also referred to in the Foundation Center Cooperating Libraries link.
University of Northern Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa offers several courses in grant writing/fund raising.
OMB Circulars on the Use of Funds - Circulars are instructions or information issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to Federal agencies. These are expected to have a continuing effect of two years or more. To obtain circulars that are not available on-line, please call the Office of Management and Budget's information line at (202) 395-3080.
Although there are six grant circulars, you are only covered by three of them, depending on type of entity:
States, local governments, and Indian Tribes follow:
Educational Institutions (even if part of a State or local government) follow:
Non-Profit Organizations follow:
Freedom of Information Act - Under the Freedom of Information Act you can contact Federal Executive Branch Departments for copies of approved and denied grant applications for specific grants. This information could be used to review the components of previously awarded or denied grant applications in your area of interest.
Federal Executive Branch Departments - Source: FirstGov.gov