MADISON, Wis. (9/15/10)--The grant application process can seem complex and confusing, but a new white paper from the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council. The white paper, “Writing Grants Right: Extend Your Outreach--and Budget” demystifies the grant-writing process and offers practical recommendations on where to look for funding, how to cultivate relationships with grant-makers, and how to craft a winning application. It outlines the elements of a successful grant application, addresses what credit unions must do after they receive a grant, and provides pointers from foundation directors and credit union managers with grant experience. Resources for grant writers are also provided. The paper also offers sample projects that may be funded with grants--from designing an interactive “mini-credit union” at a hands-on museum for children, to expanding the bandwidth of a branch network, to offering low-rate loans for small businesses. Potential funders include government agencies and credit union and community foundations, many of which are willing to answer questions and walk organizations seeking funding through the grant application process, the paper said. “There are a lot of untapped grant dollars out there,” said Staci Zale, associate director of the Texas Credit Union Foundation. “If you are daunted by the grant application process, pick up the phone when you’re applying to a nonprofit organization or foundation for help. Most of them will be happy to walk you through their process.” For more information, use the link.