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Getting Started

  1. READ the grant annoucement carefully
  2. Determine if the opportunity aligns with your program
  3. Determine if there is enough time to gather the information, if not, wait for the next opportunity
  4. Determine if the funding requires match funds - understand the difference between cash match and in-kind match
  5. Follow the instructions precisely
  6. Follow the format outlined in the solicitation for word court, margins, page numbers, and fonts
  7. Submit the application early 

Quick Tips for Preparing the Application

Common sections of a grant application includes an introdution, statement of work/project narrative, objectives, qualifications, and a budget. Here are a few quick tips to consider when preparing the application. 

Introduction: 
To be most effective, the introduction should be brief so it doesn’t wear the reader out to early; to the point so it doesn’t lose the reader in miscellaneous, unnecessary facts; and interesting so it captures the reader’s imagination.

Statement of Work:
A project should undertake only activities that will move it toward the objectives. Do not include activities that are nice to do but have no relation to meeting the objections

Objectives:
Objectives should be concise, specific, measureable, and achievable in the specified time period. 

Qualifications:
The qualifications section must establish three types of credibility: 1) your organization, showing you work in an environment capable of supporting the project; 2) your project idea, indicating that you have identified a unique problem that you are capable of solving; and 3) your key project staff, demonstrating that your organization has experienced and credentialed personnel to ensure project success.

The above tips are recommended by the following authors in the referenced publications. 

  • Geever, Jane C. The Foundation's Center's Guide to Proposal Writing. New York, 2004.
  • Miner, Jeremy T. and Lynn E. Miner. Proposal Planning and Writing. West Point Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008.
  • Ward, Deborah. Writing Grant Proposals That Win. Burlington: Jones & Barlett Learning, 2012.