General Grant Writing Suggestions For Nonprofits-drop dead diva

UnCategorized The acronym KISS (keep it simply simple) should be the mantra for every grant proposal written by a nonprofit organization. As I have said in previous articles help the program officer by being clear and concise when writing your proposal. This person reads proposals by the truckload if you can get your message across fast and easy you have just jumped the biggest hurdle in the process. Here is a list of things to remember when crafting your proposal: 1.Use every day casual vocabulary that is written in short paragraphs, lots of spacing but accurate and right to the point. Want some examples? Go to a search engine and put in "web content guidelines" and you will come up with numerous examples on how to write web content. Why web content guidelines? Because your proposals are read the same way by program officers and you need to get their attention quick and get your message across to get the grant. 2.Do not use acronyms and trade jargon to make yourself appear the expert or to give your proposal some sort of pseudo sophistication. It will only confuse and frustrate those that have to read it. 3.When you write the parts about your organization and what you do, tell a story that is compelling like a short story writer. Don’t put together a technical white paper. This is a time to drive your reader down the path of persuasion because your goal here is not to impress your reader with your knowledge but you need a grant for a very valid purpose. Stay focused! 4.Make sure when telling your story that you are positive and enthusiastic about your organization. Tell them about the dedication of the staff and volunteers. Also about the roles they play and some short but personal success they have experienced. I have a client that works with children with emotional and physical challenges and she writes small examples of 3-4 children using their first names only and what they have achieved through their organizations programs. It is personal and conveys exactly what the program officer needs. This client has a large percentage of awarded grants to proposals written. 5.Find someone you trust that knows your organization and ask if they would mind editing the proposal. You need someone that will give an honest critique and will discuss the findings with you in a non-hostile way. If you know of no one then you can find editors or grant consultants on the web who do just that for a small fee. The fee they charge would be a drop in the bucket if it means getting a proposal accepted and awarded, besides you will learn things you can apply in the future without the fee. 6.Get a list of past grantees from the funder and call them and ask them to also edit your proposal or what they learned from the experience with this particular funder. People in the nonprofit arena are usually happy to assist others in their community that have a like mindset. This is the sort of collaboration that leads to relationships that help accomplish big results and have a lasting impact on our communities. This is an important resource that can allocate tremendous value to both organizations. 7.When writing your proposal remember to include everything but don’t add paragraphs because you think length looks impressive. You are assigned an important task but don’t go overboard with flowery unnatural language. Just be you and explain yourself with keeping it simply simple in mind and I promise you will succeed at your given assignment. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: