Getting Your Grant Request Approved

A grant application generally consists of three parts: the application form or forms, the narrative, and the budget. Grant writers and grant givers alike caution applicants to give equal weight to all three sections, and they provide the following advice for completing each part successfully.

Fill out application forms meticulously and completely. Read the questions carefully — read them again — and then proofread your answers. Type answers, if possible; otherwise print them neatly and legibly.

The narrative section of the application usually includes:
a statement of need, including the project’s purpose, goals, and measurable objectives. This section can also include background on how and why the project was conceived and should include a compelling reason why the proposal should be funded.

Here are some grant application tips on what to include:

1 – The planned approach, including an explanation of how the project’s goals and objectives will be met, what activities will be used, what personnel will be needed, and how that personnel will be utilized.

2 – A discussion of the assessment procedure, including how the project will be evaluated and specific measurement strategies.

3 – A timeline that includes the start and end dates of the project and a schedule of activities.

4 – The applicant’s credentials, including information that demonstrates his or her background and ability to carry out the project successfully.

5 – A clincher. You won’t find this on the funder’s guidelines, but it’s the critical aspect of your narrative. Provide information in a way that clearly demonstrates to the reviewers why the project is needed. Clearly define why it is an important funding opportunity for their business or organization.

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