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Tips on Grant Writing

  • Do have a positive tone.
  • Do use a reader-friendly font style and size.
  • Do prepare adequate support material, relevant to the project.
  • Do answer every question (even if only to write "not applicable").
  • Do not resubmit past successful applications or repeat the same narrative from another application.
  • Do balance your project budget (Total Cash Income = Total Cash Expenses) Do know and understand the matching requirements for receiving funds.
  • Do submit a professional-looking application.
  • Do have someone unfamiliar with the project read your application to ensure that your project is clearly described.
  • Do make sure your application is postmarked on or before the grant deadline.Do make sure the narrative is interesting to read and user friendly.
  • Do talk about the details of the project.
  • Do not assume the readers are familiar with your organization or your project.
  • Do make sure your budget revenue amounts are realistic and achievable.
  • Do make sure you itemize and identify expenses.
  • Do proofread the application.
  • Do keep copies of your application.
  • Do attend the panel review meeting if open to the public.



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