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:
- Be concise, to the point
- Reduce clauses to phrases, phrases to single words. See examples for eliminating redundancies and omitting phrases.
- 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/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.
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