Grant & Project Proposals
Every grant application and project is different and you will want to follow the instructions provided by the granting agency exactly. To help you prepare, however, below are some of the most frequently requested elements of a grant or project proposal.
THE BIG PICTURE
Five things to consider
- Write for the reader
Try to anticipate the questions and concerns they might have and answer them in your proposal
- Have good content
Spend time making sure you have a strong idea that you can support with research and describe with clarity. You can adjust the formatting later; start with the best content possible.
- Be direct and clear.
A grant proposal is frequently only a few pages in length. Use the space well; be concise.
- Be a great editor
Double-check (then triple-check) for grammar, spelling, word choice, and sentence structure issues.
- Invite other editors
Ask others to read it before you submit it. You want to know if it makes sense to a fresh set of eyes.
Sections to include
Not every proposal will require every section. Be sure you know the expectations of your particular project. Below are the most frequently included areas.
- Contact Information
Include your name, address, email, and phone number
This comes first but you should actually write it last. This is three to four sentences that give a quick overview of the project.
You are trying to say “_________ is true” and “___________ is true” so I would like to do ____________ in response.” If you refer to any external research, be sure to cite it as you would in a research paper.
- Project Description
This is the place where you get to describe the actual project. Be as specific as possible, but still keep it clear and concise.
Tell them what you would like to accomplish and how you will know if you did.
Describe how you will spend the money you are requesting.
The Center for Career & Vocation is happy to help you with this process – for the Summer Discovery Grant process or any other small grant or project proposals. Summer Discovery Grant proposals are due March 1 each year.