Just in case you were wondering, I did finish the grant for the funder I was whining about last week. All in all, I think the proposal turned out pretty good. Look for an update sometime in late spring, most likely, on whether they gave us the $$ we were asking for or not.
Also, our first end of the year donation appeal letter should be going out soon. Depending on the success of this mailing, it may or may not be a portfolio piece for me. The letter, with the help of our graphic design guy, looks great. But looking great and being effective at tugging on donor heartstrings have the potential to be two very different things here.
You might think that this is a slower time of year for grantwriting with the holidays, but that is not true. I have been writing up a storm lately, getting things lined up to meet a rash of early January deadlines. I've got two fairly major proposals that are both due in about the second week of January. With the holidays and being out of the office next week, I need to keep working now.