Converge, May 1999, p. 32

Here are five simple tips from grant-writing experts Cherly Carter-New and James Quick:

  1. Write a proposal that explains how you and the funder will solve a problem as partners. Explain why the funder should invest in your solution.

  2. Have a project designed before you write any proposals for it. Make each proposal you write a highly specific and personalized communication to each potential funder.

  3. Avoid jargon and technospeak. Keep things clear.

  4. Do background research on grantmakers, and then call and ask them questions on items not covered in their literature.

  5. Don’t forget to search out regional and local sources of funding.