Designing Successful Grant Proposals

Designing Successful Grant Proposals

Designing Successful Grant Proposals

Designing Successful Grant Proposals

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YOU CAN BE A SUCCESSFUL GRANT PROPOSAL WRITER IF YOU FOLLOW three rather simple steps: (1) start with a good idea; (2) locate a source that has already funded similar ideas; and (3) design, craft, and develop your idea into a wellwritten statement. Notice the emphasis on well written . Successful grant-getters are those who carefully prepare their proposals, not those who just crank them out. And now that we have the basics established, how do you go about this process in an organized and business-like manner?

One assumption underlying this book is that you will write proposals for some time into the future. That is, you will become one of the thousands who continuously writes grant proposals as a regular part of your job. The process becomes a journey rather than a singular event. Since getting there is half the fun, you need to develop a systematic process of knowing what is being funded, who is willing to fund your proposals, and how to find this information.

Some Basic Elements

Virtually all agencies, foundations, or businesses require the same generic elements. The exact details may vary, but the basic elements tend to be similar whether it is a multimillion dollar proposal to the National Science Foundation or a $500 proposal to the local utility company. Let us briefly explore those elements and then spend the remaining chapters expanding each section.

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