Grant writing tips for nonprofits

January 4, 2016

Grant writing tips for nonprofits








Securing funding is one of the most important task for any nonprofit organization, but the thought of writing a grant proposal can be overwhelming. There is a misconception that grants are easy and free money. Writing a proposal for a funder is a thought-provoking process that requires essential research as well as a thorough and well thought out plan. Here are a few tips to prepare for the 2016 granting season!


Make sure all proposals submitted meet each funder’s specific goals and mission.

Follow instructions

If the RFP (Request for Proposals) requires specific items be submitted with the proposal, be sure to include those details. Also, be clear about the guidelines of the RFP, follow directions precisely, and omit materials that are not required.

Be prepared and don’t wait till the last minute to submit

Leave ample time to ask the funder questions, allow time for their response and make an extra effort to double check the proposal before submitting it timely.

Make it easy to understand (clear and easy to read)

Your ideas should be presented in a clear, exciting, yet persuasive manner. Avoid using jargon that is unclear. Remember, a precise Abstract is the most important part of every proposal because it creates a noteworthy introduction plus a lasting impression with reviewers.

Plan your budget

Be exact about budgeting needs and certain the funding amount requested is accurately justified within the proposal.

Whether a first time grant writer or a seasoned veteran, these tips are essential in creating a successful proposal to obtain funding for every organization.

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