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Including key staff in a grant proposal

It’s important to include a thorough description of key staff in a grant proposal. This includes a thorough description of the staff managing the program and overseeing the grant award. That applies to federal and foundation grant proposals.


The funder will want to know the grant money is in good hands. They want to understand that capable people are overseeing their investment. So, many funders will ask you to detail key staff.


Writing about key staff in a grant proposal

To start, we may collect the resumes of senior program and organization staff. This may include the program director, executive director, and program manager, for example. Then, we write a brief paragraph summing up each person’s background, experience, and accomplishments with the agency. Maybe these people have attended trainings, received awards, started successful programs, earned relevant degrees or certifications, etc. Sometimes this involves brief interviews or emails to make sure we’ve covered everything we need regarding key staff in a grant proposal.


Why add this component?

This helps reassure the funder that their money is going to the right organization. So, with capable people at the helm, you’re proving that your organization is the right one for the job.


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