Before You Begin Writing the Grant Proposal:
• Rule #1: Believe that someone wants to give you the money!
• Rule #2: Project your organization into the future.
• Rule #3: Start with the end in mind...look at your organization's big picture. Who are you? What are your strengths and priorities?
• Rule #4: Create a plan not just a proposal.
• Rule #5: Do your homework: Research prospective funders. Try and search locally first. Target funding source that has interest in your organization
A successful grant proposal is one that is thoughtfully planned, well prepared, and concisely packaged.
Here are eight basic components in a solid grant proposal:
1. Proposal Summary
The proposal summary appears at the beginning of the proposal and outlines the project. It can be a cover letter or a separate page.
2. Introduction of the Organization
Most proposals require a description of an applicant's organization and its past, present, and projected operations. Be concise, specific and compelling.
3. Problem Statement
The problem statement (or needs assessment) is a key element of a proposal. It should be a clear, concise, well-supported statement of the problem to be overcome using the grant funding.
4. Project Objectives
The project objectives should clearly describe the goals of the project. Applicants should explain the expected results and benefits of each objective. They should also list the specific criteria of the grant program. Then, describe how the proposal meets each criterion.
5. Project Methods or Design
The project method outlines the tasks that will be accomplished with the available resources. It is helpful to structure the project method as a timeline.
6. Project Evaluation
Applicants should develop evaluation criteria to evaluate progress towards project goals. It is important to define carefully and exactly how success will be determined.
7. Future Funding
Applicants may be asked to list expected sources of continuing funding after the conclusion of the grant. The applicant may also be required to list other sources and amounts of funding obtained for the project.
8. The Proposal Budget
Funding sources require different amounts of detail in the budget. Most Federal funding sources require a large amount of detail. Also, they usually provide budget forms with instructions.
Exerts are from : A Practical Guide to Grant Writing & Fundraising compiled and researched by D.Harold Greene , Faith Publishing, 2008