Write with Energy
When you have successfully understood and mastered the technical components of writing grants, now it is time to focus on turning your grant writing expertise into an art form. Tell your story with emotion and passion. “There is always room for improvement regardless of how long you have been a grant professional” (Diane H. Leonard, GPC).
Edit your grants with these seven characteristics. Your success rate will increase, and you will feel good about your next grant submission.
1. Reread your proposal. Does it convey your organization’s passions and energy for the proposed program?
2. Have you articulated your organization’s knowledge on the subject matter? You need to demonstrate not just an understanding of the need, but for other projects that could address your organization’s problem.
3. Are you committed to your proposed program? You need to have the dedication to the proposal. Dedication is a vital part of achieving your strategic plan.
4. Be clear in your writing. Now is not the time to use fancy words and abstract ideas. Do not leave any assumptions of knowledge in your proposal. The reviewer may have no idea what you are writing about, and this could be detrimental.
5. Collaboration is important. Let the grantor know you work with other organizations or services in your community, or at least mention that you have these alliances.
6. Read your proposal to ensure you have addressed all aspects of your program. Discuss the common barriers.
7. Articulate your definition of success. Address how you plan to measure, monitor and analyze your progress. Can you manage progress?
Slowly tackle each quality as you edit your proposal. Challenge yourself as a grant writer to make the crafting of your proposal with these qualities automatic. You know how to write for a need, now you just need to make it energetic, prove authority and be committed. Write in a clear and concise manner, collaborate, discuss barriers, and articulate your success. ~ Diane Leonard, GPC. Fundchat.