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RE: [midatlanticretro] Grant writing

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  • Jim Scheef
    David, We need help with everything! Perhaps you could get copies of a couple of her proposals so we can use them as them as a guide. Jim
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 24, 2005
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      David,

      We need help with everything! Perhaps you could get copies of a couple of her
      proposals so we can use them as them as a guide.

      Jim

      --- David Comley <david_comley@...> wrote:

      > My wife has grant-writing experience with the state of
      > New Jersey. She has been quite successful at it. If it
      > would help I can consult her for advice...
      >
      > -Dave
      >
      > --- Evan <evan947@...> wrote:
      >
      > > I certainly agree that we have to make it look
      > > presentable, but I'm not sure
      > > if I expect to ask anyone for an admission fee.
      > > Either way, "presentable"
      > > costs money.
      > >
      > > VCF definitely has money-making potential.
      > >
      > > We could also have some kind of "charter member"
      > > system -- people / families
      > > / organizations donate X dollars and in exchange we
      > > include their name on a
      > > plaque or wall or something.
      > >
      > > We could also contact the largest computer companies
      > > and clubs in the
      > > region. For example, here in NJ, there is Lucent
      > > and Vonage. There's the
      > > ACGNJ (which was a TCF sponsor), and there is the
      > > IEEE History Center (based
      > > at Rutgers) -- they already work with InfoAge but
      > > maybe this could get them
      > > to do more. Also, colleges like Rutgers
      > > Engineering, NJIT, and Stevens
      > > Institute might help out.
      > >
      > > I have no grant writing experience, but I do write
      > > non-fiction for a living,
      > > so perhaps I'll pick up a copy of "Grant Writing for
      > > Dummies" and get
      > > started.
      > >
      > >
      > > _____
      > >
      > > From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > > [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      > > Of Jim Scheef
      > > Sent: Friday, July 22, 2005 10:01 PM
      > > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > > Subject: [midatlanticretro] Grant writing
      > >
      > >
      > > Hello everyone,
      > >
      > > The skill that will get the museum off to a great
      > > start... is not a logo...
      > > not officers... not even great computer collections.
      > > The skill we need most
      > > is GRANT WRITING! Does anyone have experience
      > > writing grant requests? Has
      > > anyone had success in obtaining a grant - from
      > > anywhere?
      > >
      > > We need to identify potiential donor organizations
      > > and learn how to convince
      > > them that they want to GIVE US MONEY! Over the next
      > > couple of years we're
      > > going to need (my SWAG estimate) $20,000+ in cash
      > > and materials.
      > >
      > > Some of the stuff we need:
      > >
      > > 1 - display cases (glass covered book cases and
      > > closed retail display
      > > counters).
      > > 2 - building materials (2x4's, plywood, paint, etc.)
      > > to construct larger
      > > displays plus railings to keep visitors out of the
      > > open display areas.
      > > 3 - "tall cubical walls" to create room-dividers to
      > > separate display areas
      > > and to hold "words amd pictures" displays like time
      > > lines, etc.
      > > 4 - tables and other stuff to create interactive
      > > exhibits.
      > >
      > > Note that none of this is computers or artifacts -
      > > the actual stuff to
      > > exhibit. When we get our building it will be like
      > > moving into a NEW HOUSE,
      > > there will be no furniture or any place to put a
      > > computer other than the
      > > floor. We need to assume that we will need to obtain
      > > AND PAY FOR everything.
      > > If we use this as our working assumption, we will
      > > not be disappointed by
      > > whatever we might get from InfoAge. Our planning
      > > must assume that we are
      > > starting from ZERO and that we need to provide
      > > everything from the walls in.
      > >
      > > This means that we need to get in a position where
      > > we can start raising
      > > funds
      > > - and a cookie sale is not going to cut it.
      > >
      > > I just spoke with Fred Carl the director of InfoAge
      > > and beyond the building
      > > and the existing collection, he has very little to
      > > offer us. The antique
      > > radio club has been able to obtain some display
      > > cases "from businesses in
      > > the
      > > area". I'm not sure what that means exactly but I
      > > assume it means old office
      > > furniture that was being discarded.
      > >
      > > Also, the display furniture can not look like shit.
      > > If we expect people to
      > > pay money to see our exhibits, the place must look
      > > professional. If the
      > > displays look like junk, then the school kids will
      > > treat it like junk. All
      > > dislays must be durable and look good.
      > >
      > > Any ideas?
      > >
      > > Jim
      > >
      > >
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