This Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal was created to help empower people to be successful in gaining funds for projects that provide worthwhile social service. A major theme that runs throughout the Guide is a concern for the development of meaningful cooperative relationships - with funding agencies, with community organizations, and with the people you are serving - as a basis for the development of strong fundable initiatives. The Guide is built on the assumption that it is through collaboration and participation at all levels that long term change can be effected.
To make this Guide as useful as possible, all suggestions have been carefully reviewed with a concern that they be easy to implement and can have the greatest positive effect on the creation of a funding proposal. (This is the same design concern that I used for the creation of the companion guide for graduate students - Guide for Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation ). Long orations are minimized and suggestions are presented in a direct and clear manner. Actual proposal examples are included so that you can easily see the different suggestions demonstrated.
As you are going through this Guide you will probably see things that aren't clear, need fixing, or should be further clarified. Please send them along and I will do my best to improve the Guide based upon your ideas. I try to make major revisions in the Guide at least 2-3 times each year. Your suggestions on how to improve this Guide will be most appreciated
And finally, I receive many requests asking me to recommend a book or two that would be helpful in writing a good proposal. I've started to create such a listing of books I've identified and my review of each of them. Feel free to check out my selection of books to help with the preparation of a funding proposal . Enjoy using this Guide and I hope it brings you good luck as you seek funding for your ideas!
Joe Levine ([email protected])
Multi-year grants are usually awarded contingent upon the successful progress of the project. Sponsors often require interim technical reports upon which the decision to continue the grant is based. Others, such as the National Institutes of Health, require the submission of non-competing continuation proposals. Specific guidelines, similar to those of the initial proposal submission, must be followed. Some agencies require site visits in order to assess the progress of the project. Principal investigators should review the continuation criteria as soon as the initial award is made, so as to properly prepare for this important part of the grant cycle.
Hi this is Laura Turner and today I'm going to talk to you about how to write a proposal. The first thing you need to think about is what you are writing the proposal for. Is it for a grant, is it for a research study, something, anything you really need to write it for. What is it going to be for? And who are you going to need to give it to, and who do you need to talk to about how to properly format it. So this, what I'm going to give you today, is what I have used in the past to apply for grants. And what I know about in general about writing proposals. So first off, you are going to actually give an abstract or a project description about what you are going to do, either if you are making , if you are traveling somewhere to present a paper and you need money for that, for a grant. Go ahead and explain in your abstract what you'll be doing at that conference and why is it important to your field of study. Or your field as a professional. Then you should give the proper materials for this proposal if it requires an acceptance letter to prove that you are going. If it requires a letter of recommendation from a professor to show that you are actually in the department. Because remember the people you are going to be submitting to for the most part do not know you. So they are going to be looking at you for proposal as itself rather then looking at you in the face. And then if you are applying for money you should definitely have an itemized budget page that states what you are going to need the money for if you are making sort of plane travel, if you are going to be doing train travel, if you are going to be spending your gas money, whatever. You need to put that down. And also they will often require a daily coverage sort of daily stipend for your food. So be sure to mention how long you are going to be there and how much you need for your daily food intake. Ok so go ahead and get all that stuff together and finally anything else that you need. And for example this letter, I needed to apply for emergency funding for the grant. Because I had missed the grant application date. So know whether or not you can apply after the date it expired and if you can get all the information that you need in order to do that. Ok. And so final thoughts, have somebody who knows about what you are applying for, actually double check your proposal for any mistakes or anything you've left out. And make sure that you can get your money and you can get it for what you need it to go too.