Even with the most liberal of grant deadlines, it can be easy to overlook crucial details when finalizing a grant application. That's one reason we encourage our clients to plan on submitting their grant applications well before the grant's deadline - that way, there's plenty of time to double check the details before hitting "submit." Next time you are preparing to send in a grant application, be sure to complete these three things:
1. Check vital identifiers.
Is the EIN correct? DUNS number? Do you list the right address? Is the same contact person listed in all the forms? You want to make it easy for the grant makers to find you; if there's a typo in any of these fields, you may jeopardize a grant award.
2. Check budget numbers.
It's common for budget figures to be requested in multiple places within a grant proposal. Sometimes, a budget may be revised in the midst of writing the proposal, and it's easy to forget to translate the edits throughout the entire document. If your budget numbers are not consistent, at best you'll confuse the grant maker. At worst, you could ruin your chances of funding.
3. Proofread the entire proposal for grammatical and spelling errors.
In any grant proposal, one of your most important responsibilities is to establish authority. Grant makers want to know that they can trust you with their limited funds and that your project will accomplish what you say it will. Grant reviewers may overlook the occasional comma misplacement, but repeated spelling and grammatical errors will make your organization appear unprofessional and that can harm your chances of funding.
Do you think I missed an important step? Let me know in the comments!
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