Strong grant proposals have lots of important elements: measurable objectives, a sensible budget, and a clear program description. One aspect of a strong grant proposal that is often overlooked, though, is an organization’s past successes.
When you’re writing a grant, be it for the federal government or a small family foundation, think of it as an application for a monetary investment. Your organization is trying out, competing for funding among many other equally worthy organizations. So what makes yours stand out?
Talk up your organization’s experience and past successes. These successes may be related to the program you’re writing the grant to fund, or they may be related to other services. Or both.
Some examples of aspects to touch on include the number of years the nonprofit has been in business, awards received, number of people served, statistics that show the positive impact your organization has made, the growth your organization has achieved over its history, and the skills and successes of your staff. Sometimes significant media coverage is helpful to mention, too.
Be sure to learn about the additional elements that make a strong grant proposal.
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