4 FREE High-Impact Communications Tactics for Your NGO

Growing Leaders Foundation Trinidad Tobago

Growing Leaders Foundation Website

1. ESTABLISH A WEBSITE – This is a must-do even it’s just a brochure-style website with basic information on the organisation.

At a minimum, include the following on your organisation’s website:

  • Mission and vision
  • Background on programs
  • Contact information
  • Electronic copies of annual reports
  • list of sponsors and funders (briefly describe what they have funded if possible)
  • News section with links/excerpts to press coverage and awards
  • Board member list and perhaps an organisational chart to help visitors understand your governance structure.

Given that you have complete editorial control here, your website should be the online source for information about the organization rather than your Facebook page or press coverage. Update the site regularly with organisation news, events, volunteer spotlights, job openings, etc. and be sure to include an email subscribe option to collect email addresses.

FREE RESOURCES: WordPress.com; Webs.com; Wix.com; Weebly.com, etc. all offer free turnkey website solutions and templates.

2.  SEND A MONTLHY EMAIL NEWSLETTER – How often do you proactively communicate with funders, members, board members, media, clients, and other stakeholders?

Aim to communicate with them monthly via an email newsletter.  The newsletter can be brief with updates on program news (make these results oriented whenever possible), excerpts and links to articles on your organisation, funding news, details on new partnerships, etc.   Read more ›

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Civil Society Board Elections: 27th August (Regional) & 29th September (National)


Civil Society Board Trinidad Tobago Notice
Message on the establishment of the Civil Society Board from the
Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration:
“The Civil Society Board (CSB) is being formed to effectively communicate the opinions and views of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) of Trinidad and Tobago on matters of national importance to the government for inclusion in public policy. Recently, the MNDSI embarked on a series of regional refresh meetings, to re-energise the initiative within civil society to get further feedback from the CSOs.

Elections for the Board will be held as follows:

(i) Regional Election- Wednesday, 27th August, 2014.

(ii) National Election – Rescheduled to Monday, 29th September 2014  Thursday 4th September, 2014.

CSOs are required to register by sector and region [registration form is here], and each organisation is required to vote for a representative of the sector in which they are registered. The deadline for nominations and registration is Monday, 11th August, 2014 at 3:00pm.

For further information, visit our website at www.mndsi.gov.tt or contact the Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration at 623-9311 ext. 2057/2045 or email at policy@ndsi.gov.tt or policyndsi@gmail.com.”

More details on the civil society board, registration and upcoming elections are HERE.

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NGO Workshop for Microsoft Office 365: 27th August

Microsoft Trinidad Tobago NGO Workshop

Description: A hands-on session to help nonprofit organisations in Trinidad and Tobago better understand the programs offered by the Microsoft Software Donation Program for NGOS. (Please see flyer for more details.)

Please be advised that your organisation must have Charitable Status to be eligible to participate in this session.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 27th August 2014, 8am to 12pm

Location: Microsoft Trinidad & Tobago office (61 Mucurapo Road, St. James, Trinidad)

RSVP to v-pajose@microsoft.com with the attendee’s name and associated organisation.

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Request for Proposals: U.S. Embassy Trinidad & Tobago

US Embassy Trinidad Tobago Grant Call for SubmissionsWHAT: The Embassy of the United States of America in Port of Spain seeks to fund creative and sustainable projects which contain a clearly outlined U.S. component, and will aid in societal and institutional growth in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Embassy invites organizations meeting the outlined eligibility criteria to submit grant proposals. This is an open competition for non-profit and/or NGOs and social enterprises with offices headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago.

Proposals should address the following issues:

  • Creating a more open society
  • Improving the rule of law
  • Improving mutual understanding between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago

More details at http://trinidad.usembassy.gov/grantproposals.html.

FUNDING: Multiple awards will be granted, with a maximum amount per award of US$10,000.

WHEN: Deadline for concept paper/proposal submissions is July 23, 2014.

CONTACT:  “Applicants must submit concept papers ELECTRONICALLY ONLY using ircpos@state.gov.  Only applicants whose proposals have been selected for award will be contacted.”

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: More details at http://trinidad.usembassy.gov/grantproposals.html and Call for Submissions (flyer)


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5 Quick Grant Writing Tips for NGOs

NGO Top Grant Writing Tips1. Gather Information – Carefully read funding guidelines and proposal instructions, and even request annual reports and details on past grantees before you decide to apply. Ensure that you’re a good fit for the grant and follow all the instructions!

2. Assemble a Dream Team – Identify the strong writer(s), the idea person, the number cruncher, and a good copyeditor in your NGO.  These are the individuals you want on your grant writing team; use them to submit a knock-out proposal (make sure it includes the most current program and organizational information.)

3. Start Early & Submit Early – Don’t wait until the last minute to send your proposal!  Aim to be memorable as one of the first proposals in the door.

4. Connect with Funders – If the funder is local, run the names of the funder’s staff by your Board Members and other organizational contacts to see if anyone has a connection to the funder.  One phone call from the right person can help your organisation’s proposal make it to the top of the pile.

5. Say Thank You & Solicit Feedback – Follow up with a thank-you letter even if you don’t secure funding.  Ask the funder how your proposal can be improved and help increase your chances of securing future funding.

These tips were originally featured at the 2014 T&T NGO Professionals Conference on postcards for our conference attendees! 

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NGO FUNDING ALERT: UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme Trinidad & Tobago

UNDP Trinidad Tobago GEF SGP Community MeetingWHAT: The Outreach Caravan for the GEF Small Grants Programme Trinidad and Tobago is hosting a Community Meeting for civil society groups (NGOs, CBOs, village council, academic or activist group) in South and Central Trinidad.

The aim of this session is to raise awareness of the Programme to registered CSOs interested in implementing environmental projects.

FUNDING: Environmental projects in GEF’s focus areas may be eligible for grants of up to $50,000 USD.  There are also planning grants of up to $5,000 USD to help organisations get started on a project.

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Register Today for the national Civil Society Board!

Civil Society Board Registration Form Trinidad Tobago

Civil Society Board Registration Form

“The Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration is proceeding with the formation of a Civil Society Board, your organization needs to register in order to be eligible to vote.”

The Civil Society Board Registration Form must be completed and returned by 30th June 2014 (deadline has been extended) to the Ministry via email to Janelle Bruno – janelle.bruno@ndsi.gov.tt or it can be dropped off at the Ministry’s office at: Read more ›

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