Writing a grant proposal is like making a thesis. You identify the problem and its solution. The only difference is that funders will decide on the success of your request.
Many grant writers question why funders reject application. Even if they follow the guidelines and give their best effort, the request still fails. What went wrong? What could have caused the rejection?
In fact, funders want to get something out from the proposal. They assess funding request and consider what is relevant for them. They want a proposal that tries to solve a problem with heart – real caring work. They also like one that ejects emotion or sense of responsibility, yet show viable solutions to a problem.
In this case, applying for a grant is not just a matter of adhering to what they require. You have to write a proposal with a beating heart. Don’t take this literally. This means that you have to convey a life-like picture of what is happening and how your project can resolve or end a need. Write a proposal as if funder is viewing it live. Give him a better grasp of where his support will go.
How Can You Improve Your Request?
One best way to win funders’ grant is to infuse life and vigor in your proposal. Here are some useful tips on how to power up your request:
Explore and expound the proposal.
Funders do not want stagnant solutions to a long-time unsettled problem. Let us say your project is a K-12 activity that would enhance children’s participation at school. How would you deal with the issue? What would the project do to improve the children’s willingness to join? This is where research or survey comes in and plays big role. You have to leap out of your comfort zone and think new ways to address the needs. If the proposed solution has been used before and fail to solve the problem, then your proposal is sure to fail.
Manage solutions according to impact.
Is the proposal heading to solve a severe situation? Funders look for answers that can end, or at least impede a problem from getting worst. The proposal should provide solutions that exude a positive impact to a society or group of people.
Team up with core groups.
Grant writers should interview other organizations who have been helping people in need. Asking for their feedback or possible solutions can help you create a better proposal.