Basic Elements in Grants
How to get started.
- Reflect on your goals.
- Research potential funding organizations, their goals and the specific criteria.
- Find a funding venue that is a good fit – their goals align with your goals.
- Plan. A well conceived initiative with a good plan has a better chance of succeeding.
What are grant sources looking for?
- Produce measurable results.
- Promise significant and long-lasting change.
- Support from others – partnerships or collaborations.
- Innovative solutions and technologies.
Projects that typically get funded are those that:
- Meet the guidelines of those who fund the grant.
- Have clear goals and measurable results.
- Are headed by strong, qualified leaders.
- Demonstrate a track record – if possible.
- Exhibit accountability.
Proposal contents should include:
NOTE: These are general guidelines and you should check the specific criteria expectations for each opportunity.
- Cover letter.
- Title page and table of contents.
- Executive summary (one page).
- Narrative (explains the project).
- Statement of need (two pages that demonstrate why you are deserving).
- Project description: goals, objectives, activities (three pages).
- Organization information (one page).
- Conclusion (two paragraphs).
- Appendices and supporting materials