10 Steps to Grant Application Success

SUCCESSFUL GRANT WRITING—YOUR GUIDE

PART 2: 10 Steps to Grant Application Success

By Steve Meyer, Steve Meyer Consulting LLC

For those venturing into the complex and mysterious world of grant procurement there is ten steps that need to be followed. Following are the ten steps with a brief explanation of each. More in depth explanations of each step will follow in subsequent blogs.

Step 1: Determine your needs
Determine what your needs are and formulate the need into a program.

Step 2: Find a grant that is applicable to your program
This is the search phase. There are thousands of grants available through the government and various charitable foundations. The key becomes finding the grant(s) with parameters that align with your program.

Step 3: Determine the grant requirements
Every grant will have certain “things” they need in your grant proposal. One of the main reasons a grant is not funded is because the proposal does not address these “things.”

Step 4: Determine if you will develop the grant application yourself or if you need the assistance of a consultant
Once you reach Steps 2and 3 and you have looked at the grant requirements you may determine the application and proposal process is daunting or demands too much time. If you are serious about the grant, then it is best to use the services of a professional grant consultant.

Step 5: Pull the necessary data together
Every grant is going to require data of some sort. Having this data available and pulling it all together is what we call Grant Readiness. This can be, and often is, a time consuming effort.

Step 6: Develop a compelling proposal
This is the part that grant evaluators will pay the most attention to when deciding if they will fund your proposal. If word smithing isn’t your craft, you’re better off using the services of grant consultant.

Step 7: Complete the application
Every grant is going to have some fill in the blank portions. Submitting an application with any blank left open is a fatal error.

Step 8: Proofread the application
Make sure your application is free of grammatical errors and everything reads well and any figures you present are accurate.

Step 9: Have someone else review the application
A second set of eyes reviewing your application will help catch errors and maybe shed some insight into other things you should consider covering in the crucially important narrative sections.

Step 10: Submit the application
When everything is complete, double check to see that you have everything that the grant application requires. Also make sure you are providing the required number of copies if it is a paper application. Then, make sure you submit the application by deadline. Believe it or not, I’ve had clients who neglected this final step

Steve Meyer is a grant writing and emergency management consultant. You can find out more about his services at his website http://www.stevemeyerconsulting.com.

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