e premte, 3 gusht 2007

General Tips for Grant Writing

by: Henry Van Dyke - http://www.GrantProposal.com

When explicit application guidelines are published by the foundation, carefully follow the instructions. If outlines or a series of questions are provided, follow the indicated order, answer each section, and avoid evasive language.

Before mailing, ask a co-worker to help you doublecheck that every required attachment is included.

Do not send the same generic boilerplate proposal to a random list of foundations. Always tailor the proposal and the specific budget request based on extensive research into the foundation’s priorities.

Use declarative rather than conditional verbs. Avoid the words if, could, and might. Instead, boldly declare that the gift will create a positive outcome.

Shorter is better. Keep your prose tight and the details condensed. Never exceed the recommended page length or fiddle with margins to squeeze in more words. Foundation officers are buried in paperwork, so make your proposal an easy read.

Document the “need” or “problem” on multiple levels. If space allows, provide a recent national statistic with the source identified by name or title and date. Next provide a statistic related to your geographic region or town. Finally, summarize internal data to show how many participants are helped or services are provided by your organization. Thinking ahead, your organization should develop a system for documenting unmet needs, such as the number of monthly referrals that must be turned away due to current facility limitations.

When submitting a proposal to a corporation, use language describing an investment, rather than a gift. Be more explicit on the benefits for the company, such as visibility through press releases or naming opportunities.

Baby boomers also prefer viewing their philanthropy as an investment, instead of a gift. Especially when submitting a proposal to a new foundation created by a high-tech millionaire, emphasize the long-term payoffs from an initial grant investment, the ability to leverage additional funding, and the role of the grantmaker as a valued partner in the project's operation.

Avoid dwelling on problems. Although proposals traditionally document the “need” for funding, make sure that the challenges do not sound insurmountable. Focus on opportunities that result from the challenges your organizations faces.

Establish the credentials of project leadership and the qualifications of the sponsoring organization.

Provide a realistic assessment of the urgency that drives your proposal submission. Is the unemployment rate dramatically increasingly in your community because of recent layoffs? Has the population of local wildlife declined rapidly due to creek pollution? Remember however that funders commonly require two months to one year to process grant applications. Your proposed timeline must reflect both the need for urgent action and the realities of anticipated funding cycles.

In The “How To” Grants Manual, author David Bauer distinguishes between reactive and proactive grantsmanship. The reactive mode involves developing a project first, hunting for funders, and then scrambling to meet a deadline. In contrast, proactive grantseeking begins with researching funders, matching their interests to possible projects, and then cultivating a relationship with the grantmaker. Be proactive by setting aside time for broad foundation research each week.

e shtunë, 2 qershor 2007

Rain Forest and Carbon

A hectare of mature rain forest (already containing 200 tonnes of carbon as stock) can absorb an extra 6 tonnes of carbon a year, negating the belief that mature forests are at 'equilibrium' and lose their capacity as a sink at maturity.

Tropical forests act as a stock of a significant amount of carbon (containing over 430 Gt or million tonnes carbon globally), whilst capacity to act as a carbon sink can absorb over third of fossil fuel combustion and cement production each year .

Annual Carbon emissions due to deforestation in south-east Asia equal almost half the total annual carbon emitted from fossil fuel combustion

Most areas of Southern American rain forests act as sinks (although some areas are sources), with the total uptake of carbon = 0.5 Gt per year. However, CO2 is produced from the banks of the Amazon River, from the decomposition of litter, which may provide a reconciliation (and balance) of figures from the annual amount absorbed by the Amazon Basin as a whole.

Prevention of deforestation would not only reduce carbon emissions, as well as avoiding the huge emissions caused by clearance and safe-guarding the absorption capabilities of the tropical biosphere.

Managing the biosphere effectively could contribute to mitigating climate change in the short term, through afforestation and the prevention of deforestation.

Industrial Tree Plantation

Most people have, over recent years, become aware of just how important are trees to helping reverse the damage we have caused by polluting our atmosphere with carbon dioxide. Trees remove and store this gas, in fact 1,000 hectares of industrial tree plantation will remove and store nearly 28,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Every year, hundreds of animals, insects and birds face extinction because their natural habitat has been destroyed. Industrial Tree Plantations return the habitat they need in order to survive.

More than that, however, because industrial tropical forests need care and attention, not just in the plant raising and out-planting, but in keeping other growth of plants in check to ensure that the trees do not have to fight for nutrients and sunlight. The danger of fire is always present, so people are needed for detection, prevention and, in the worst case, containment.

All of these tasks mean employment for those who live in the area and who previously had to rely upon subsistence farming. The income of the community not only benefits from these jobs, but also over-plant the areas to ensure that the residents will have 10 percent for their sole benefit. Under agreements with the government, 5 percent of project costs are also set aside to provide improvements within the community, such as potable water, hygienic waste disposal, health clinic, etc .

Borneo Reforest Project Socially Responsible Donation

BRP Socially responsible donation can be defined as combining a contributor's financial objectives with their commitment to social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

BRP Socially Responsible Donation brings together contributors' financial objectives with their concerns about social, environmental and ethical issues. Socially Responsible Donation considers both the contributor's financial needs and an donation's impact on society.

BRP Socially Responsible Donation allows contributors to choose projects that meet certain ethical and moral standards. For example, an contributor might choose funds that invest only in environmentally conscious projects ("green funds"), funds that invest only in nursery, or planting activities, or transportation, or funds that avoid investing in plantation care of our rain forest tress plant.

Donating with Rain Forest Tree Plantations meets these strict Socially Responsible Donation standards not just by the fact the project plants tens of thousands of trees annually but also maintains both strict environmental standards in its practice and by supporting the local communities in which it is based.

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