Seven Tips to Improve Grant Proposals
6. Talk with successful grantees of that foundation. Ask colleagues who have received grants from a foundation in the past to tell you about their experience. This has the twofold effect of helping you understand the nuances of a particular foundation, and building an alliance and network with other organizations.
7. Don’t add unnecessary information to a proposal. Organizations often stuff information into a proposal with the thought that bulk will impress funders.
“The end result of these poor editing choices is a mammoth and dense proposal that works against the goal of creating enthusiasm for the work,” Teitel concludes.
“Thank You for Submitting Your Proposal,” by Martin Teitel, Emerson & Church Publishers, 2006, is available for $24.95 via www.emersonandchurch.com/books/thankyou.html