Grant Writing Tips

1. Get to know the funder.
2. Choose funders that have a mission and focus that is compatible with your proposed project.
3. Consider several sources of funding.
4. Be knowledgeable about your project.
5. Use the funder’s application and format.
6. Write clearly and get to the point.
7. Provide enough information for funders to see the big picture.
8. Budget should be accurate financial representation of the project.
9. Ask others to read your grant application. A good proposal should be clear to those not familiar with your project.
10. Build upon existing assets in the community.

Fall 2015 Grantseekers Meeting

Below you'll find two webinars. The first explains the changes to CFNIL Grants Program. The second explains how to register and apply for CFNIL Grants.

It's highly recommended that you set your YouTube settings to play at HD (720) quality.


The Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence is a wonderful resource for nonprofit leadership, governance and operation.


Online Application


The online application must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.  Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.


How to Register & Apply

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Contact James Patterson

+1 (779) 210-8206

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