Proposal Writing 101

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Published: January 2022

In this five-part series we cover the steps to create a grant proposal from beginning to end.

  • The first module sets the stage for proposal writing with tips on getting started, as well as guidance on writing a background section about your organization.
  • The second module focuses on writing a need section using best practices to tell a compelling story.
  • The third module is a step-by-step tutorial on how to build an approach.
  • The fourth module is all about crafting a process and outcome evaluation, which are critical components of a successful proposal.
  • And the fifth module focuses on how to develop a budget.

There are lots of examples provided in these modules. For those of you who are already experienced, we hope you learn something new in each module. For those of you just starting out, this is a great resource for beginners. These modules can be taken together to methodically build your organization’s capacity to write successful grant proposals or as stand-alone learning opportunities.

 

Preparing to Tackle that Grant Application
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With all the responsibilities of staff and volunteers in a nonprofit organization, the idea of writing a grant can be overwhelming. You may be…

Writing a Compelling Need Section
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Writing a compelling need section is a critical part of writing a successful grant application. The need section must be well researched,…

Building an Approach that Gets Noticed
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Once you have captured the attention of the reviewers by clearly and effectively documenting the need for funding (see Writing a Compelling Need…

Crafting a Process and Outcome Evaluation
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Evaluation is a vital component of a grant proposal because it tells the funder how you are going to determine the success or failure of the…

Creating a Budget That Makes Sense
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Creating a high-quality budget is important for both the success of your grant application and the success of implementing your project. You want…