Tips for Beginning Grants Writer
Do your homework
Fully understand the
Get to know the
potential funding agency.
Find copies of similar funded proposals.
Understand the scope of the problem you are trying
to remedy, and
Answer the questions
Be sure to directly address the questions asked in
the grant guidelines or request for proposal.
Answer all parts of the question.
Keep the language simple.
Avoid using jargon and acronyms
unless you have very clearly defined each.
Adhere to the guidelines
grants are electronic submissions. Check with the grants office to be
clear about how you should proceed.
If the Request For Proposals says 12-point font,
double spaced, 1 inch margins, and no more than 20 pages, that is what you
BE SURE your
proposal reaches the funding agent on or before the deadline. It is a good
idea to be ready to submit electronic proposals early to avoid potential
technical delays that may make your submission late and not considered for
Ask for help
Find a collaborator, co-writer, or sympathetic
Have at least one
person, preferably a couple of people, to read, edit, reread and re-edit
not necessarily someone who is familiar with the material or proposal.
If you are funded
Realize that your proposal as approved, becomes the
guideline for operating your grant.
Be cautious of making major changes to your plan
without approval by your funding agent.
Be aware of reporting requirements, both financial
and programmatic, and be prompt in completing and sending those reports.