Grant Writing Process - Advice and Safeguards
Program officers and reviewers offer these suggestions:
- Write concisely yet persuasively.
- Use readers to gain valuable feedback
- Pay close attention to proposal guidelines and follow them exactly.
- Be as clear as possible about the goals, methodology, and evaluation of your project.
- Try to view your proposal through the eyes of a foundation officer. (Questions a Smart Foundation Officer Will Ask About Your Proposal
- Be sure that your budget is well planned, detailed, and reasonable. (For assistance with budgetary items, contact the Grants Office.)
- Include in-kind support, matching revenue, and overhead in the budget, if appropriate.
- Recheck your budget numbers before submitting your proposal.
- Be sure that you have included all of the necessary supporting materials (letters of support, budget forms, and so forth). A checklist (Word document, 22KB file size) prepared by the Grants Office may help you to work through this process.
- Think about becoming a proposal reviewer yourself. It's a great way to learn what makes a winning proposal.