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Feb 4, 2008
Grantsmanship is the process of applying for grant programs. It's no easy task and takes real talent. Grant applications take a lot of skill and hard work, and may cost money as well as time.

There are several things you should consider during grant applications. Below are a few:

* Give back to your community.

That is the purpose of grants after all. Bear this in mind even before you approach that agency and apply for a grant. Be sure that your project is something that is going to help them improve the community. Your grant application should be in harmony with the overall goal of your prospective funding source.

* Learn about the specific goals of your funding source.

Although the general goal is to make a difference, you also need to know the particulars for grant application. Ask the staff at the grant agency. They will be eager to tell you.

In addition, you can ask them if they give funding to your local area. It is possible that some of these agencies offer grants to entrepreneurs operating in a particular area. If you are one of these entrepreneurs, you have a better chance at getting a local grant than a national one.

Also, the agencies may also tell you what institutions they grant funds. This type of information would be a great help in your grant application.

* Who will evaluate your proposal?

Is it a person who knows nothing of your field? Or is it someone who knows a lot about your field and what is going on? If they know nothing about your field, you need to avoid getting into the technical information that they may not understand. Write your grant application with their level of understanding in mind. If they are familiar with your field, then it is acceptable to use more technical definitions. But the rule should always be to write clearly. Use jargons only when utterly necessary.

* Familiarize yourself with the funding source.

It will help you to know how to frame the information in your proposal. Always confirm your statements with facts and a clear understanding of the need for the funding.

* Prepare a budget that is easy to understand and clear on what it is you want to do.

Make your proposed as thorough as possible. Explain all of the projects that require funding, and include any match funding you may receive from other organizations. This will give the funding agency a clear picture of exactly what your proposal entails.

Do not, under any circumstances, throw your proposal together quickly and hope for the best. This tactic does not work, and agencies are able to see through the sloppiness right away. The proposal counts as half your grant application, and you have complete control. Take your time and do it right.

* Don't invest a lot of money on an elaborate presentation.

Your expensive, overblown presentation will rarely impress grant funding agencies. What's really important is the content of your proposal. In this case, style is not everything. Invest your time and money on your project plan, rather than on the presentation.
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