Writing Tip: Clarifying Outputs and Outcomes

What is the difference between an output and an outcome? An output is a program activity whereas and according to the National Resource Center: Compassion Capital Fund, an outcome is what changes for the people a program serves. In an effort to help organizations demonstrate results, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) presents a simple guide […]

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Writing Tip: Developing a Logic Model

Whether or not it is required in a grant application, a logic model is a valuable tool to assist organizations with project planning and evaluation. If your organization has not developed logic models for your programs, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has published a useful tool to guide grant writers and planners through the process of […]

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Confusing Word Usage

Accept or Except? Affect or Effect? i.e. or e.g.? Grant-Wiritng-Proposals.com offers these tips for getting it right. Accept or Except? Accept is a verb meaning “to receive” or “to approve.” Example: Will you accept my grant application? Except is a preposition meaning “excluding” or “leaving out.” Example: We enclosed all attachments except a list of […]

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Help for Writing Clear, Simple Statements

Grant writers are advised to write clear, simple statements. Here are ten writing tips aimed at keeping it simple: Get organized before you begin writing so you can build the proposal step-by-step, paragraph-by-paragraph, and sentence-by-sentence. The thought process of the application should be easy to follow. Limit each paragraph to one thought or point. Begin […]

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Using Plain Language in Proposals

[RAW] In an advertisement during the talk radio program of a prominent national figure, a youth development organization described its “evidence-based practices for engaging at-risk youth.” The advertisement proceeded to use other jargon and field-related terminology to describe its activities and ultimately succeeded in wasting a valuable promo spot because it did not clearly communicate […]

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Make Information Easy to Find

[raw] If information is not easy to find in the grant proposal, it could cost an organization the grant. Reviewers of grant proposals often find it difficult to locate information in grant proposals, and it is easy to lose track of information in lengthy documents. Some reviewers may be reading ten or more proposals and […]

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Customize Grammar and Style Settings

[raw] Most writers use a software program to check spelling, but many are not familiar with all of the helpful grammar and style settings available to them. However, just as a writer should not rely solely on computer software to check spelling in a document, the same applies to grammar and style settings. It is […]

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