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Grants Management

Proposal Writing Tips


Do your homework

  • Fully understand the idea.
  • 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
  • Begin early!

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 given

  • Many 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 give them.
  • 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 funding.

Ask for help

  • Find a collaborator, co-writer, or sympathetic person.
  • 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.

Grants Management

Contact Information

Cathy Mullins 
Massie Hall, Room 128
Shawnee State University 
940 Second Street 
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Phone: (740) 351-3412 
Email: cmullins@shawnee.edu

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