10 Tips in Writing Grant Applications

  • Define your project before you search for grant opportunities.
  • Develop a project plan, including potential partners. Review and revise your plan regularly.
  • Identify possible funding opportunities; sign up for newsletters and subscriptions for grant listings.
  • Research past grant awards to determine the number awarded and amount; this will help show how competitive the application is. Also review successful applications if possible.
  • Review application and guidance instructions in detail.
  • Plan the implementation of your project fully, and match it to the funder’s goals.
  • Contact the funder with questions and clarifications (if permitted).
  • Communicate deadlines to all participating partners; allow flexibility in your timeline as plans or partners shift. Start early!
  • Tell your story. Use maps, graphs, charts and statistics to support your request for funds.
  • Prepare for successful implementation of your project once it is funded.