Grants go to Americans who make an original proposal that is a real deal put in writing. The people who give out the money will agree to help the student or small business entrepreneur who proves they are ready to work with the people who are willing to guarantee their success.
Once complete, a remarkable grant proposal can make a student or a small business entrepreneur in need of money stand out among the full length list of people asking for financial help, and make an American the one with the chosen name and the money that gets them where they want to go. Good writing can give anyone a new start.
Well prepared proposal writers get the grant. In the Polaris book, “How To Write A Grant Proposal,” the authors say the guarantee for success is 80 percent in the preparation stage, the time the project development and research is done, and the writing does the rest.
An American who knows that grant money will make a person who is free to chose the best road to take a step down to take up their calling can complete a grant proposal in five main steps.
1. Decide at the beginning how to prove what is going to get done using the grant money. A person who lacks money can be the odd man, or woman, out. No college degree that earns a spot at a dream company. Not enough money to make investors in a great small business enterprise idea feel secure.
Try to explain the basic deal on using the smart money to accomplish a mission that is definitely not guaranteed without the grant.
2. Draft a pitch on the money being an answer for making something out of a person’s life. No one will believe that the expectation that the money will help a person achieve success is empty talk when they know the person will be up to the challenge with the money in hand.
Add a future life milestone to a biographical sketch that makes the sketch complete.
3. Carry out a dependable plan to count up a budget that tells a grant offeror all the items on their official list the money will be spent on. Down to the details. Naming all the exact things the grantor will help pay for makes them sure they are right in handing out the dollars and cents, when they decide to join in on the plan.
And, tell the full funding story. Money already invested, and set up to be spent proves a person has two feet to stand on.
4. Write the good news first. Take aim at the grant goal, and give a brief sure winner.
After the money is all spent, and the last bell rings, what change in the standing in life will the money have helped pay for.
Always read the proposal request to know the writings, and the forms, the grantor accepts.
A 1 page cover letter in 12 point font with generous margins can introduce someone. A table of contents makes it easier for a reader to take exactly the steps they want to make a clean judgment on the proposal. A single glance at a brief executive summary tells a reader the one request that counts.
5. Get the full story and facts on record. Put a computer proposal in writing.
The authors of the Polaris book lay out a detailed plan for a proposal. Writing might be a full workload, but though everyone expects fully honest and careful person, a grantor just might not forgive the person who leaves out one important detail.
The basics in a winning proposal, that are among the papers in a proposal described in the book, do not get neglected in a good plan.
Add to the good news in the order requested:
- project summary (500 words or less)
- problem statement
- mission, goals, and objectives
- project description
- key personnel biographies (proposal writers and staff)
- forms (e. g. budget form)
Money needed to take a step to make progress is not put in someone’s hands quickly.
Source: Cheryl Carter, et. al., “How To Write A Grant Proposal” (Polaris 2002).