Foundations and government agencies fulfill their missions, in part, by providing funds for specific purposes in the form of grants. Grant proposal writing is the process of applying for funding in support of a project that provides a social good. Grants may be sought to begin a new activity, to support ongoing operations, to make capital improvements, to purchase needed equipment and supplies, and for other purposes that support a project. A primary goal of grant proposal writing is the demonstration of a match between the funder's mission and the project's purpose.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do we find out about funding opportunities?
- Should we try to find a single funder or multiple funding sources?
- I found a funding program that looks good. Should I call first, or just send in a proposal?
- What is 501(c)(3) status and why is it of interest to funders?
- How important is networking to getting a project funded?
- How do we show that our project addresses a real need?
- When a funding opportunity requires matching funds, what are some sources or strategies to come up with the match?
- What can we do to make our project sustainable?
- Where do we get supporting statistics or research?
- Where can we get maps to support our application?
- What kind of writing style is most effective?
- Do I need to read and follow the application instructions?
- What do I need to do to apply for a federal grant that requires electronic submission?
- Do we need to hire a grantwriting consultant?
- We don't have the money to pay a grantwriter or the staff to do it all ourselves. Are there other options?
- How do I find examples of successful grant proposals?
- How can I learn more about preparing grant proposals?
- Our proposal was rejected. Should we give up?
- Our proposal was funded. How do we live up to our funder's expectations?