Writing the Agency Description

Describing the applicant organization is a standard section in the narrative of a foundation proposal. The section provides information about the history and purpose of the organization and its location(s), and introduces the key personnel, governing board, and services the agency provides or programs it conducts. The agency description is perhaps the only section in […]

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Part 3: Writing Better Grant Proposals

Earlier articles in this series explored foundation responses to the economic downturn and introduced three strategies for grant writers to adopt: Write Smarter Write More Grant Proposals Write Better Grant Proposals This article concludes the series by providing tips to Write Better Grant Proposals. WRITE BETTER GRANT PROPOSALS A standard foundation proposal outline, as described […]

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Sample Letters: Support for Matching Funds

Foundation and federal grant writers can learn more about what a grant maker is looking for in letters of financial support by examining sample letters from the Department of Education. Foundation grant makers and governmental agencies may require applicants to submit letters of support along with their proposals to demonstrate that applicants have secured the […]

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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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Writing Tips to Help Meet Page Limitations

Application requirements limit your proposal to 25 typed, single-spaced pages. It is two days before the deadline, and the proposal is 40 pages! How do you cut 15 pages from the proposal? Here are some tips to help with page count reductions: Read the document looking for paragraphs with only a few words on the […]

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