Follow the funders' guidelines. Stick
to all of the instructions given to you by the funder. If they give you
a format - follow it. Address all of the funders’ questions.
Review your proposal. Check
spelling and grammar – do not rely on your word processor’s spell check
and grammar check. Have at least two individuals who are unfamiliar
with your program read your proposal. This will ensure that you have explained your project clearly and concisely.
not neglect the budget section - explain all of your numbers. There
should be no surprises for the grant reviewer when they reach the budget
section. Make sure the funder allows the costs that you have included
and that the amounts are reasonable. Ensure all math is correct.
Letters of support. Limit
the number of letters of support to five. These letters may be from
other formidable organizations that will testify to your qualifications
and contributions to the community good. Make sure they are strong and
help your case. These may include testimonial letters written by
clients. Letters should be recent, no older than six months. Steer away
from having all letters of support use the same language.
Letters of partnership / collaboration. These are different than the letters of support. These
letters are from agencies who have a vested financial interest in the
project. Ensure that partnerships are clearly and thoroughly documented.
Also called letters of commitment, these letters should specifically
spell each partners’ role in the project.
Follow-up with the funder. Call
the funder with any questions before you submit your proposal. If your
proposal is not funded, contact the funder to get feedback. Information
about what you need to improve upon will help increase the quality of