How to Write a Grant Proposal
Label each section using the same headings in the same order from the Request for Proposals (RFP).
Write the narrative as if you are talking to the reviewer in person, and convey enthusiasm.
Avoid typical and tired language and invented descriptors. Be simple, clear, and compelling!
Ask colleagues to read your drafts to ensure you are getting your points across. Consider someone outside your discipline area for a fresh eye, since reviewers may not be content specialists.
Write each section in order — except the abstract. Do that last.
Use tables, charts, and diagrams liberally for clarity and brevity.
Use course titles, not course numbers, and explain abbreviations or in-house acronyms, which may be unfamiliar and confusing to the reviewer.
Check and re-check to make sure you’ve included all required RFP components, including required forms called “statements of assurances,” cover page, documentation, or other attachments.
Always adhere to the stated page limits, font size, margins, and guidance on allowable attachments. Your proposal can be tossed out if it doesn’t meet the requirements!
Professional presentation is key. Proofread for spelling and grammar more than once.