Grant Application Tips

When completing your grant application, here are some tips to assist you with putting together a solid application for review and consideration.

  1. Proposals should be well thought through and consist of a plan as well as a request for funding. It is good to write down the need you are addressing, how your project addresses that need, who and how many your project will impact, those that will be working with your organization to solve the problem and the budget. This way you have a thought it through before you start your application.
  2. Follow instructions. Read through the entire grant application before beginning to “write” the grant. Go back later and re-read the application prior to starting to complete the application. A good rule of thumb is to rephrase the question in your answer to make sure you understand the information that is being requested.
  3. Information provided should be concise, clear and specific. Keep sentences and paragraphs short. Put your main point in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Use additional sentences to support the main point.
  4. Do not generalize or make assumptions that the grant reviewer understands what you are trying to convey. Specifically address why this project fulfills a community need and cite your sources in the body of the proposal. We recommend having someone unreleased to your project read through your grant to make sure your project is clearly defined in your application.
  5. Make the proposal easy to read.
  6. Avoid the use of jargon or acronyms. Spell out acronyms and define “trendy” language. Remember, there is a good chance that the  grant reviewer is not familiar with you or your organization so they will not understand your jargon. It is best to spell out the acronym and then put abbreviation behind it in parentheses behind it. Then you can use the acronym throughout the rest of the application.
  7. Minimize the number of adjectives. You don’t have a lot of space on the application so don’t fill it up with words that don’t provide value.