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Grant Support Available
Please contact Amanda Hurford (email@example.com) or Suzanne Hinnefeld (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions or help with your grant proposal.
- Identify grant needs.
- Review proposals.
- Help you establish a timeline.
- Address roadblocks.
Common roadblocks to successful grant writing
The Grant Support Task Force can help you with any of these roadblocks.
- Organization work required before a grant application can be written.
- Breaking down a grant project into feasible timelines.
- Conveying the grant idea effectively and in a manner that reviewers can understand and appreciate.
- Neglecting to communicate how the investigators will measure project success.
- Failing to fulfill all application requirements.
- Applying lessons learned from previous grant rejections.
- The grant acquisition process is mysterious and staff do not know where to begin.
Source: Woody, R. C. (2018, Dec. 5). Identifying Museum Funding Roadblocks. Lucidea.
Solutions to barriers to successful grant writing
- Follow directions.
Read parameters carefully.
Do you meet eligibility requirements?
Respond to all parts of the application.
Check your math.
Pay attention to character limits.
- Show your process.
How did you choose your partners? Describe your vetting process.
Select partners before starting the grant application.
- Tell the same story in budget as in narrative.
If grant only funds part of the project, where will the remainder come from?
How will the project continue after the grant period ends?
- Define success.
Determine the end goal of your project.
How will you measure the degree of success?
What will be your outputs and outcomes.
Source: Kamin, E. (2017, Nov. 14). 7 Tips for Writing an Effective Grant Proposal. National Environmental Education Foundation.