Writing Grant Proposals AKA Writing Government Grants
Need help writing grant proposals AKA writing government grants? It can be so challenging when you have never done it before. The two key steps in getting a grant are:
- Search until you find a grant that matches your situation (covered by the Find Grants Online page).
- Apply to the agency you found in Step 1 (writing grant proposals, what this page is all about).
We need to be clear about one thing. You CANNOT apply for "debt relief grants" because there's no such thing.
Think about it. If debt-clearing grants really did exist, people would spend recklessly to the limits of their credit and then ask Uncle Sam to pay down their debt. It makes no sense at all.
There is some very good news though. You CAN get grants for other things that you're currently paying for. The money that you no longer have to shell out for those other things can go toward your debt.
That's the way the system works. And it works well, especially if you know a thing or two about writing grant proposals, or writing government grants as many like to say.
Tips For Writing Grant Proposals
When we talk here about "grants," we're just using a term everyone uses. It means much more than that though, because benefits can come in many forms: grants, loans, SSDI, meds, food stamps, counseling, wheelchairs, handicap vehicles, service dogs and so on.
Writing grant proposals is a form of proposal writing. Even if you're only filling out an application, do it in a convincing way. Show the granting agency that you're helping it meet its objectives.
Here are some professional proposal-writing tips to help you do a better job of writing grant proposals (or writing government grants as many people, even professionals, like to say).
Here Is What To Do
- Do ensure a win-win outcome. Your proposal has to clearly indicate how the recipient will benefit from whatever it is that you're offering. This is especially true in seeking a business grant to sell products and services, but it is also true in the case of grant-making organizations; they will give higher ratings to proposals that help them meet their objectives.
- Do all the research needed. If you're looking for a grant, take the time (hours and often days) to research what's available. Applying to the organization with the program that most closely matches your needs makes a lot more sense than sending out proposals willy-nilly.
- Do meet the people involved. After doing initial grant research, make an effort to meet someone involved in the administration of the program. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered by the right people and to get a "feel" for things.
- Do invest appropriate resources. In other words, if you're applying for a $100,000 grant, spend more than a few hours and a few dollars on it. Think about this: some organizations, especially educational, virtually live on grants and they have full-time experts who do nothing but prepare the applications. Can you do better than an expert in one-tenth the time? Unfortunately, some people think they can.
Here's What NOT To Do
- Do NOT have ulterior motives. Avoid making proposals that are simply cover-ups for clearing your debts. If this is your actual purpose (and you'd be looking for a loan in this case), be upfront about it and show how the other party will not only be repaid, but also gain by dealing with you. Even if it's a bank making a loan, the loans officer is human and will want to feel s/he's doing the right thing by lending you money.
- Do NOT use general templates. Avoid following sample proposals unless they're ones that have worked successfully for EXACTLY the same program/situation you're in. Successful grant writing means responding EXACTLY to the specific criteria of the program in question.
Great tips, right? But what practical thing can you do to turn your dream into reality, to get that grant money... before someone else does?
How To Get Started
The first thing to do is tell your story here at Ability-Mission.org, even before searching for grant opportunities. (See the Find Grants Online page if you don't yet know where you'll submit your grant proposal.)
Writing grant proposals is a process that begins by YOU telling YOUR story here at Ability-Mission.org. It is a simple two-part process:
- First, you do a draft to get the right information in the right order. (We give you detailed guidance on this.)
- Second, you submit your story for publication. (We give you specific instructions after receiving your draft.)
Haven't told your story yet? Go to the Disability Help Guide page for step-by-step instructions. Here's what happens:
- We edit and polish your story to make it effective.
- We publish it on this site, on Facebook and on Twitter to make it known to a wide audience that could help you.
- You use it to find a granting agency you can apply to.
- You use it to help formulate your grant proposal.
The process is specially designed to help you get your story right and make it easier to get the benefits you're entitled to.
Remember... No matter what you're applying for, writing grant proposals means putting your story in writing. This is a golden opportunity to get it done with professional help and at no charge. So, are you...
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about this page or any others here at Ability-Mission.org.