Grant Writing Tips

Below are some general tips to help your grant writing process. A two-page document examining the individual components of a successful grant follows.

  • State your proposed impact within the title
  • Write clearly; use good grammar and spelling
  • Incorporate transitional phrases between paragraphs to make the narrative easier to read and understand
  • Don’t use too much jargon - If they can’t understand it, they can’t fund it!
  • Less is more:
  1. Be concise, to the point
  2. Reduce clauses to phrases, phrases to single words. See examples for eliminating redundancies and omitting phrases.
  3. You don’t have to use the maximum allowable characters, words, or pages. If you can make your case using less, do so. Remember - evaluators are reading dozens of 20-page applications over a short period of time. It’s a nice break to find an application that tells the story using fewer words or pages.
  • Allow time for proofreading and making corrections
  • Most importantly - Always follow funder’s guidelines and format

The Components of a Successful Proposal is a 2-page document designed to help with the things you'll need to consider when preparing and submitting proposals; the executive summary, statement of need, project description, and evaluation. You can also find budget documents online.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments along the way.