Especially when a grant application has a long list of guidelines and requirements, it can be pretty easy to mess something up. And those bloopers may disqualify you. Here are some of the most common grant proposal mistakes, all of which are fully avoidable.
1. Not following directions: It’s easy to overlook some of the details when you’ve got a 20 page proposal sitting in front of you and a 10 page booklet of instructions and requirements. But missing out on one of these details will make you look sloppy and careless—definitely won’t help your case. Be sure to read over the instructions multiple times before you send your proposal in.
2. Inconsistencies: Make sure the numbers in your budget add up. Read over the narrative and be sure you haven’t promised something in one section and left it out in another. Be sure your project name is consistent. These inconsistencies, which are common grant proposal mistakes, can work against you when the competition is stiff.
3. Spelling and grammar mistakes: Whoever is reading your proposal may dismiss a few mistakes, but you’ll add professionalism points if your writing is flawless.
Tired eyes? Get someone else to read over your work. Or read it backwards. Or out loud. Anything to avoid making these common grant proposal mistakes.
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