Resources for Grantseekers

Resources for Grantseekers

TIPS FOR A BETTER APPLICATION:

Research. Document the need for your project or program with data from outside sources such as the U.S. Census, housing or income data, or educational outcomes provided by the local school district. Know what the best practices are for your program type.

Follow Instructions. Be sure to provide the information requested and answer each question in the application. If you are unsure about how to answer a question, it may be helpful to call the Foundation office.

Results: Goals and Outcomes. Describe what your project or program will accomplish using specific and measureable goals. Be sure to focus on the long-term change in individual lives, families, and the community, based on accurate data. Decide in advance how this information will be collected and who will be responsible for it.

Review. Always review the entire application before submitting it. Check for clarity, spelling, and completeness. Make sure the need, approach, and desired outcomes are demonstrated and they are connected with the mission of the Foundation: “Focusing Resources to Change Lives.”


Helpful Resources:

Guidestar: www.guidestar.org

Center for Public Policy Priorities: www.cppp.org

Department of Health and Human Services: www.hhs.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development: www.hud.gov

Texas Education Agency: http://tea.texas.gov/

U.S. Census: www.census.gov

Midland County Data (United Way 2012): http://www.unitedwaymidland.com/midland-county-data/

Midland Development Corporation Workforce Data: http://midlandtxedc.com/workforce
MDC also reports useful data regarding cost of living

Association of Fundraising Professionals-Permian Basin: www.afppermianbasin.org

Association of Fundraising Professionals: www.afpnet.org

Foundation Center: www.foundationcenter.org

Non Profit Management Center of the Permian Basin: www.nmc-pb.org

Philanthropy Southwest: www.philanthropysouthwest.org