Q. So it’s not about the writing?
A. Make no mistake, funding agencies expect proposals to be clear, uncluttered, easy-to-follow, concise and compelling – meaning persuasive and creative. They don’t give bonus points for big words are technical jargon and they certainly aren’t impressed with anyone who tries to come across as a professional writer. It’s all about the concept and how well the applicant documents a need and how creatively they will address those needs through the proposed program.
Q. Where does one who has interest in applying for a grant but has never done so begin?
A. They can begin by not making a mistake made my most applicants, focusing on finding where the grant money is and then throwing together a program that they think will win them some of that money. Instead, they should begin where most professional grant writers and grant winners begin – with a concept or an idea. And that seed of that concept germinates from need. At your local level, determine a specific need, discuss why that need is currently not being addressed, come up with a specific solution and ask for a specific amount of money to help fund the activities that will lead to that solution. That’s the concept – and that should be the first step.
More about this in the next Blog and in my new book: RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE: The Groundbreaking Process Used To Win More Than $385 In Competitive Grant Awards.