Grant-writing checklist

Grant Writing Checklist

The 2011 federal grant season is in full swing. Several grants have already been announced, and the Assistance to Firefighters Grant and Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) are expected to be announced within the next few months. You can find an updated list of grant opportunities for Spillman customers here.

As you write your grant application, consider the following pre-submission checklist:


Have you correctly filled out all required sections and tables? Have you included signatures or letters of support where appropriate?

Grammar and Clarity

Is your application easy to read and free of grammatical errors? Do you support all statements with facts, evidence, or statistics? Does your application have a logical introduction and conclusion?


Does your application meet font and margin guidelines? If you are submitting a hard copy of your application, ensure that it meets mailing requirements, has proper postage, and allow adequate time for the document to reach its destination before the deadline.

Third-party review

A fresh pair of eyes can catch mistakes you otherwise would have missed. Have a neutral party review your application and ask them to flag grammar mistakes, confusing  technical jargon, and incomplete sentences.


Adapted from the CFDA and other sources.