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Grant Writing 101 - Final Proposal Guidelines

January 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 97

Preparation is very important for the grant writing process. if you perform the proper planning and research, the actual writing will go a lot smoother. Organize your proposal, pay attention to detail, follow the grantmaker's specifications and format, use concise and persuasive writing, and request a reasonable funding amount. Clearly understand the grantmaker's guidelines and make sure their goals and objectives match your grantseeking purposes. A well-written proposal should include the following steps:

Research grantmakers, including funding purposes and priorities, and applicant eligibility;

Determine whether the grantmaker's goals and objectives match your grantseeking purposes;

Apply for grants that are appropriate to your field and project, but do not limit your proposals to one funding source;

Contact the grantmaker prior to writing your proposal to confirm you clearly understand their guidelines.

Reflect planning, research, and vision throughout your proposal.

Prove that you have a significant need or problem.

Deliver an answer to that need or solution to the problem. Do this based on experience, ability, logic, and imagination. Make sure you describe a program or project for change.

Demonstrate project logic and outcome, impact of funds, and community support. Be specific about broad goals, measurable objectives, and quantified outcomes.

Be clear about why you are seeking a grant, what you plan to do with the money, and why you are a good match for the grantmaker.

Always include: project purpose, feasibility, community need, funds needed, applicant accountability, and competence.

State your organization's needs and objectives clearly and concisely.

Answer these questions: Who are you? How do you qualify? What do you want? What problem will you address? How will you address it? Who will you benefit? How will they benefit? What specific objectives will you accomplish? How? How will you measure your results? How does your proposal comply with the grantmaker's purpose, goals, and objectives?

Write well! Use proper grammar, correct spelling, and active verbs. Be clear, factual, supportable, and professional.

Present your proposal in the appropriate and complete format.

Include all required attachments.

After submission, follow up with the grantmaker about the status, evaluation, and outcome of your proposal. Request feedback about your proposals strengths and weaknesses.

Use this article as your template for all your grant proposal writing, present and future. One of the most important things to remember is: FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. Grantmaker's want you to show them you can listen; make sure to follow their application instructions PERFECTLY!

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