I put together a grants database screen (click to view full size) to consolidate information for funding sources, and to track dates and interactions.
It is definitely an evolving project, but contains the basic information need to contact the funder, the deadline dates involved, the funder’s areas of interest, and the typical range of a grant award.
So far, I’ve been concentrating on foundation funding. Many foundations typically ask for a letter of interest before you put together a full proposal. So, I’ve included multiple date fields, a deadline for a letter of interest, a deadline for a full proposal, and a date when they announce their award.
Originally I thought that this database would be mostly for research, but after working with the online grants database, Grantstation, I think I will reserve this database for funders that I really expect to submit to. Some ideas for future enhancements include:
- Links to standard “boilerplate” paragraphs that are used in an application.
- Links to edit the proposal or letter directly in Word.
- Links to the PDFs of the proposal.
- Reports that create a grants calendar.