When determining to apply for a grant, there are a lot of factors to consider. Is the program a good fit for your need? Can you meet the selection criteria? Can you make a strong case for funding? Once you decide a grant opportunity is "a go," however, the work really ramps up. These are the first three steps our grant writers take when preparing a new grant proposal.
1. Read the guidelines and supporting materials thoroughly.
Guidelines structure the entire proposal process. Read them thoroughly. If FAQ documents and webinars are available, read those as well. The goal is to know all the specific requirements of the grant program and to identify those that need to be addressed first. Certain items to watch out for include: