Develop a Plan

GrantStation is committed to teaching nonprofits how to create sustainable plans to help their organizations thrive. The tutorials, tools, and resources in the FIND, BUILD, and WRITE sections include planning processes that are critical to your success. 

In proposal development, there is something called the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule states that when you develop your grant applications, 80% of your time should be spent in the planning phase. If you invest your time and energy in the planning, writing the proposal should only take 20% of your time. 

Without planning, writing proposals can become overwhelming and confusing. If your first attempt at writing a proposal is sitting down with the application instructions and answering questions, chances are you will create a disjointed application. Without planning, the project narrative usually gets confusing, as the information doesn’t connect to form a coherent story throughout the proposal. This can make the entire process downright frustrating. 

GrantStation’s Project Planning Framework supports you with this planning. The framework helps you identify...

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