ERIC Number: ED402430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Proposal Writing: The Basic Steps in Planning and Writing a Successful Grant Application.
Rinehart, Eric; Bouie-Scott, Barbara
This guide is designed to help community program developers and planners plan and prepare successful proposals for project funding. Part 1, which examines the strategic planning required before a proposal is written, examines the processes of assessing needs (empirical data collection, common sources of statistical data, and data analysis and interpretation) and developing strategies. Discussed in part 2 are the following steps in preparing for a proposal request: obtaining local support and determining possibilities of renewal; getting expert advice/technical assistance; locating funding sources (government agencies, corporations, and foundations); and submitting the proposal (selecting proper funding agencies, timing proposals, identifying contacts/decision makers, and tracking contacts). Section 3 begins with a list of proposal writing tips and describes the following proposal components: cover letter, summary, introduction, problem statement, objectives, methodology, and evaluation. Part 4 explains the essential elements of a complete, well-structured budget (with special emphasis on typical line item costs and the concepts of matching share, cash flow, and future funding), and part 5 lists elements typically included in a proposal's appendix. Concluding the guide is an annotated bibliography of 61 sources of funding information, technical assistance guides, and electronic resources for grantseekers. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Dept. of Commerce and Community Affairs, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois