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-Recently an organization called Grantspace, which is part of the Foundation Center, summerized what they consider to be the five most important aspects of a winning grant proposal. The first, and most commonly cited requirement, is that you must first do your homework. This involves considerable research about the grant maker and their vision and priorities. Next is presenting a relevant problem and proposing a logical solution along with the expected results. Explain who is helped, and why the grant maker should care — based on their vision and goals. Third, all this must be presented in a  way that shows the you know very well what you are doing: data should show that you have a clear view of the problem you are addressing and you know how to use grant funds wisely to solve a problem. And of course, your budget should be consistent with your proposal’s story. Lastly, if you need clarification or help understanding a requirement, go ahead and give the grant maker a call rather than just sending an email.+Recently an organization called Grantspace, which is part of the Foundation Center, summarized what they consider to be the five most important aspects of a winning grant proposal. The first, and most commonly cited requirement, is that you must first do your homework. This involves considerable research about the grant maker and their vision and priorities. Next is presenting a relevant problem and proposing a logical solution along with the expected results. Explain who is helped, and why the grant maker should care — based on their vision and goals. Third, all this must be presented in a  way that shows the you know very well what you are doing: data should show that you have a clear view of the problem you are addressing and you know how to use grant funds wisely to solve a problem. And of course, your budget should be consistent with your proposal’s story. Lastly, if you need clarification or help understanding a requirement, go ahead and give the grant maker a call rather than just sending an email.
Do you hesitate to try your hand at writing grant proposals because you think you need special technical skills? Actually, the opposite is true!  It takes some effort to write a really good grant proposal but if you can write reasonably well then there are tools and techniques you can learn to stand out in a crowd of proposals that have not been as carefully created. Of course, you need to understand you subject thoroughly — and that means not only knowing your goals but also being able to describe them in a way that supports the grantmaker’s vision. Consider layout issues when you are writing — don’t babble on and on about a topic but use bullets and appropriate headers to organize your information. Do you hesitate to try your hand at writing grant proposals because you think you need special technical skills? Actually, the opposite is true!  It takes some effort to write a really good grant proposal but if you can write reasonably well then there are tools and techniques you can learn to stand out in a crowd of proposals that have not been as carefully created. Of course, you need to understand you subject thoroughly — and that means not only knowing your goals but also being able to describe them in a way that supports the grantmaker’s vision. Consider layout issues when you are writing — don’t babble on and on about a topic but use bullets and appropriate headers to organize your information.
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