RSVP: Grant Proposals Not Properly Attired will be Rejected!

Grant Proposals Not Properly Attired Will Be Rejected!

  • Why are you writing your grant proposal?  Is it for the dollars or your mission?  You identified a grant opportunity to pursue.  Are you writing the grant because of the amount of dollars being allocated?  Are you writing the grant because you have identified a gap in programs and services?   Are you writing the grant just because?    Are you writing the grant because you see the outcome?  Writing your grant proposal for the right reasons will reflect in the finished product.  Writing your grant proposal for the right reasons will be defined in the results of your evaluative measures.  Grant money is not free money; it was given for a return on the investment through programs and services.

Who is the funder?  Do you know their philosophy?  Do you know their areas of interest?  What do you know about the funding source to help you prepare for review?  Funding source may be funding programs focused on bullying.  Funding source may be funding rural issues.  Funding source may be focused on the environment.  Funding source may be focused on abstinence.  Funding source may be focused on nutrition for school kids.  Funding source may be focused on certain target areas or target populations.  Read the proposal continuously to ensure a complete understanding.   

 Do you understand the funder’s requirements?  Deadline date means deadline date.  Ensure a postmarked before midnight of that date is acceptable.  Waiting to the last-minute can be a catastrophe when preparing your grant proposal for submission.  Attachments required means your proposal is incomplete without attachments.  No excuses when grants are competitive.  In today’s economy; don’t assume and don’t procrastinate.

 Do you understand the terminology in the grants solicitation?  Do you understand it in terms of preparing your grant proposal?  Different funding sources may use similar terms for a different response.  All grant solicitations are not the same.  A standardized grants response does not work.    Read it thoroughly.  Ensure you understand.

 Is your needs statement valid?   Your needs statement is the driving force of your grants proposal.  Your grants proposal justifies that needs statement.  It must match.  You must have your supporting documentation.  It must be realistic.  It must be factual.  Research, research, and more research to justify your grants request.  You need to include statistical data; not only the most recent.   The proof is definitely needed in this pudding.

Can you summarize your proposal in a brief abstract?  Can you provide an overview of the grants proposal; background and needs, methodologies, objectives, goals, budget?  Can you preparing a compelling summary for a review committee or just the grantor?  In a mass of grant proposals; your summary may determine whether or not your complete proposal is reviewed.  It could get rejected or accepted at this point.

  •  Dress your grant proposal for success.  The appearance is the first impression.  First impressions may be lasting impressions.  http://www.awesomepapersawesomeresearch.info  Dress your grant proposal for funding.  Success is the best revenge.  Get funded to make a difference.

Before you dress your grant for success; make sure you were invited.  Check the eligibility criteria.

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