To prepare a competitive proposal, you need to look at your proposal from the perspective of the reviewers and the evaluation criteria they will be applying. What can you do to make it easier for the reviewers to give your proposal a high score? Applying the rules of good writing (writing clearly and concisely, no jargon) combined with complying with the proposal guidelines will help. Other things you can do include being realistic about what you can accomplish and giving reviewers enough detail so they can understand your proposal regardless of their level of expertise.Read More
Just as you “dress for success” when you go for a job interview, your grant proposal should look pulled together and professional by the time you submit it. In this post, we review six formatting tips you can apply to make your next proposal look polished.Read More
If you've been searching for an easy way to develop and manage your grant proposals, you might benefit from our new Evernote-based proposal development templates.
We've created 19 templates to help you gather information, manage teams, run meetings, track tasks, and develop the proposal's content. The templates are comprehensive, scalable, and fully customizable.Read More
The executive summary is a concise overview of the proposal that should touch on all of the key themes of greatest interest to the funder. In some cases, the executive summary may be the only section of the proposal some evaluators will read. Some of the choices you'll need to consider around the crafting of an executive summary include when to write it, what content to include, and how to work within page limits for maximum impact.
If you are wondering what you can do to turn things around and start winning more grants, it may be helpful to look at common reasons why applications fail to be funded. In this post, we cover five reasons why many grant applications miss the mark.Read More
An organizational chart can show two things. First, it can be an easy, visual way of showing reporting lines, or who is reporting to whom. Second, organizational charts can show communication lines, or who is communicating with whom, including who will be communicating to the donor. Although frequently included as part of a proposal's annex, organizational charts can also be included in the body of the grant proposal as part of the management section. Organizational charts can range from basic to elaborate depending on the needs of the proposal and the limits on your budget. Below are a three options for creating organizational charts.
Many bloggers write about how to connect with online readers. It turns out that many of the bloggers' views on what it takes to be a successful blogger apply equally well to grant writing.Below are four common messages from the blogging world about how to find success and build an audience. Included in the list are suggestions of how each approach can be applied to grant writing.
If you don't have the time or money to travel to a grant writing workshop, an online course can be a great option. There are many reasonably priced courses to choose from and several offer lifetime access to the content.This post is a review of Federal Grant Writing 101, a course offered through Udemy. Udemy offers 35,000+ courses on a variety of topics. Course prices range from free up to $300. Federal Grant Writing 101 is one of several grant writing courses listed on Udemy. At the time of this writing the other courses include:
This post will take a closer look at the application process and the standard sections you are likely to encounter so you'll know what to expect. As you review these standard pieces, you may find you have some of the information and text already on hand or that it will be relatively easy to pull it together.
Over the last few posts we've covered creating a proposal binder, organizing your proposal team, and planning your draft process. After these preparations, you're almost ready to start writing. Before the writing begins, you'll need to do one more thing, which is to create a framework for the proposal.
It takes multiple drafts to get a proposal ready for submission. Before you begin the writing process, you'll want to create a proposal calendar to plot out how many drafts you'll create on your way to the final draft.
What happens when you want to pursue grant funding but you don't have the time or the skills to write grants? For many nonprofits and projects, the answer is to outsource the work to a grant writer.If you are a nonprofit or project administrator and are considering hiring a grant writer, there are three common assumptions about grant writers you'll want to avoid when reviewing candidates.
Finding funding opportunities that are a good fit for your organization involves a few steps. Before you begin your search for potential funders, you'll first need to take an inventory of your project's needs and resources.Your inventory should include:Read More
The required elements of a grant proposal vary by funder. However, some pieces of information (or “boilerplate”) are basic ingredients for almost all proposals. Proposal guidelines are recipes, to use a cooking analogy, and the items below are staples that you should always have stocked in your informational pantry.
There are several arguments for conducting a competitor analysis, some more persuasive than others. However, the main (if unspoken) benefit of completing one is to give an organization a sense of control. Having a competitor analysis in hand fosters the belief that everything that can be done to create a winning proposal is being done. The value of the security and confidence this belief creates should not be discounted. The key is to remain aware of the limitations of the competitor analysis process and not lose sight of other activities that could have a greater impact.
When the proposal work begins, and deadlines are looming, even the most experienced proposal writers can be tempted to write proposal language that is more visionary than grounded. Here are three signs that your proposal may be promising too much....