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Fundraising and Grant Writing Tips

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Below are free NEDCC webinar recordings on YouTube that provide useful tips on fundraising and the granting season, from searching for grant applications to writing a grant narrative.

Creative Fundraising for Preservation   

Looking for creative fundraising ideas for your book conservation project or other conservation / preservation initiative? Join us for tips on developing a creative fundraising initiative, using web content, crowdfunding, and social media. We’ll provide examples of successful initiatives and give you a check-list to follow, as well as resources to help with your fundraising efforts.

Getting Ready for Preservation Grant Season

An overview of preservation grants with upcoming deadlines, including eligible projects, important deadlines, and administrative steps. The presenter will also provide application tips that are useful for all programs, no matter the grant you plan to apply to.

Writing Your NEH Preservation Assistance Grant

Be ready for the next grant deadline! This webinar covers the issues that should be considered when preparing to submit an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant. Emphasis will be on preparing the grant narrative, making the case for your project, getting requisite information from consultants, and putting together a good budget. Also useful for all grant writing.

Writing Grants for Audio Preservation and Reformatting

Tips on searching for funding and preparing grant applications for digitization of audio recordings. 


The Foundation Center and Guidestar are now "CANDID.ORG"

Candid was born February 1, 2019, when the Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces. 

Resources include:

  • Guidestar - Up-to-date data on nonprofit organizations.
  • Foundation Directory Online - Search for grantmakers in your region or nationally.
  • Grantspace - Training and resources for grant seekers.
  • On-demand Training - We recommend the training available on, including many on-demand, free webinars and resources. Many courses are free, but you must register to access them.

Of special note: 

Introduction to Finding Grants

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. 


Introduction to Proposal Writing

The A-Z of writing a grant application. Very helpful outline of the components of grant applications and tips on creating a strong proposal. Self-guided, free course. A great place to start so you'll know what to expect when preparing a grant!