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Writing Powerful Grant Summaries and Grant Abstracts: Tips & Hints

Fri, Nov 30, 2012 @ 09:11 AM / by Alisyn Franzen

Grant Summary TipsNearly every grant application requires a summary or abstract of some sort, and it is often the first thing a review committee will see. So it is vital that the summary or abstract be very strong, as it will set the tone of your application and may even determine whether or not reviewers will continue through the rest of your application. Here are some tips to help you write a powerful grant summary or grant abstract.

  • Make the case” in your summary. The summary should be a logical flow into the main argument for funding. Using numerical data, show the need or opportunity, and the dramatic impact that your project will have. For example, “We will save the school district over $1 million,” or “We will keep 20 people off the streets and feed dozens more.”

  • Keep the summary funder-focused. Too often summaries are geared towards readers from their own organizations. In the summary, relate your work specifically to the funder’s goals.

  • Keep the summary high-level. Avoid the tendency to put too much technical detail in the summary. Be concise. Avoid wordiness, excessive detail, and technical jargon.

  • Spend a lot of effort on the summary. It's worth spending a lot of time on this, the front piece of your grant application. Write it early. Rewrite it often, as the grant proposal develops. Have multiple reviewers look over the summary.

  • Re-read guidelines on final review. Make sure you include everything the funder asks for. Some requirements even stipulate the wording with which the summary must begin.

  • Use bolding to highlight main points.

A strong summary or abstract at the beginning of your grant application will make a great first impression on the grant review committee. Therefore, be sure to invest your time and effort in this vital piece. We can help advise on any specific element of a proposal, or on an entire proposal. Contact us today for a free consultation on how we can help you through any stage of the grant development process.

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