In 2017, there were many devastating natural and other disasters around the world. In the wake of such harrowing events, response organizations tend to focus on disaster relief and recovery. But governmental and community disaster prevention and preparedness programs are equally important, as they have broad reach and proactively help save lives, reduce injury rates, and reduce property and environmental damage when disaster strikes. There are many grant opportunities for those organizations who focus on disaster prevention and preparedness in addition to disaster relief and recovery.
This blog begins a series of five blogs that address basic aspects of successful proposals that are often overlooked. To start, I’d like to addresst the notion that writing is the primary ingredient in a successful proposal. Not that writing quality is unimportant—poor writing can sink a great idea—but it is even more crucial for the proposed project itself to appeal to the funder. Creating a compelling proposal is not a writing task as much as it is a programming and planning task.