As a professional grant company, we routinely seek out feedback from grant proposals. From this feedback we have identified some common missteps that can result in a rejected grant proposal. Following are six common reasons why grant applications get rejected, and even more importantly, what you can do to minimize those mistakes.
In making the case for funding, it’s hard to overerestimate the importance of first establishing the need for funding. Funders can’t be expected to have a deep understanding of the need in your particular area. While we are not suggesting you write a thesis on the topic, it's important to clearly and authoritatively describe the need for and the benefits of your grant proposal.