How To Write A Good Grant Proposal and Win (with less stress!)
Now that you’ve found the grant to apply for your business, non-profit, study or research work and scoured the requirements with a fine-tooth comb, the dilemma of how to win sets in. We understand that a lot of applicants get stucked here, but not to worry here are some 7 basic things you should do to increase your chance of winning.
#1: Have a clear and detailed FOCUS
Target who you’d like to help in your grant proposal, why this is a notable problem, and how you expect the grant to help achieve the goals you’re striving for.
#2 Have a descriptive and urgent problem statement
The funders should understand how the community (you and those around you) is being impacted by the current situation as they read your grant proposal, why help is needed and why you need to take action right away.
#3 Add powerful statistics with examples to back it up.
These genuine stats should be sprinkled throughout from beginning to end. You want them to trust you know what you’re doing whether you’re already an established organization or just getting started.
#4 Do your research thoroughly
Read up on the history of the foundation/organization whose grant you are applying and look over past and recent recipients of the grant. This will help you with tailoring your proposal. How did the previous winners categorize their proposal and what did they focus on or do very well?
How did they come to the research they’re presenting? Also seeing the range of assets the foundation has can give you a good idea of how much to ask for. Ask for a little less if you’re newer in the scene, and feel welcome to aim higher if you’re better established.
#5 Be fascinating in telling your story
Use storytelling to bring forth empathy to encourage action now rather than later in your grant proposal. A compelling grant proposal is more likely to be remembered and elicit an emotional connection to your cause.
Check out these grants opportunities:
- AIYP Young Indigenous Fellowship Program 2022 (Fully funded)
- IsDB-ILO Youth Green Skills Accelerator Challenge 2022 (worth $20,000)
- JASIRI Growth Accelerator Program 2022 ($75,000)
- Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship 2022 (cash grant of $35,000)
- TWAS-COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) 2022 Postgraduate Fellowship Programme (Funded)
#6 Follow the application rules strictly.
This is the number one reason that most applicants get rejected. If they ask for 12 pages, don’t squish in another page or add a 505 words essay when you were ask for 500. That’s you cutting yourself off your chances. If you are asked to submit two copies of a document, make two copies of it and submit. This simple step will put you ahead of the game substantially.
#7 Lastly: Proofread, proofread, and proofread!
Make sure your math adds up and your words flow flawlessly. Nothing commands attention like a mistake-free proposal.
Also before you Submit your grant proposal, make sure:
- to talk about funding important causes that will deliver results for funders and the community.
- to be very clear with what your goals and plans are, and how you intend to maximize the charity’s resources.
- to demonstrate how you plan to make spending more efficient.
- to have someone with experience look over your proposal, and ask for all the advice they’ll give.
- not to send in multiple copies. It’s confusing, unprofessional, and extra work for the foundation. Serve your proposal on a pristine platter, not a heap of repetition.
- not to write a vague grant proposal and send it to multiple grants. This doesn’t cast a wider net, it just dulls a potentially sharp hook.
- not to apply for all of the grants within a foundation in the hopes that one is selected. Making your proposal tailored with a dominant purpose is something that is far more likely to get picked.
- to wait until the last minute! Most proposals sent at the end of the year are simply too late, and have an extremely low chance of even getting viewed. Be early, and you’ll already be more likely to win.
As grant organizations receive enormous amounts of applications, it can take roughly 6-12 weeks before hearing back from one.
If you have won any grant in the past, it’s just good conduct to keep them updated on your project and thank them again deeply for their generosity. These relationships are key if you plan on securing more grants in the future.
If you happen to receive a rejection letter, continue to stay in touch and thank them for their time. It can take a few tries with the same foundation before you’re successful, but always follow through and maintain a pleasant demeanor in your communication with hope that one day, you will win.
We believe that with these tips and of course extra effort on your side in structuring your idea!), you should be well on your way to securing that grant for your dreams.
We wish you a happy grant-hunting, and even happier grant-winning. Have a wonderful week filled with great possibilities ahead!