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.