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AN 103: Introduction to Archaeology: Research Proposal Writing and Archaeological Methods
13 Ways to Write a Grant Proposal Efficiently Today
Grant writing is a distinct form of the craft—much different from crafting a persuasive essay or an informational blog post. The content in a grant proposal must be catered to the funder it targets, describe in concise detail the work the money will fund, and stand out among hundreds, if not thousands, of other applications. In my earlier work with fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas , I found many grant applicants assumed there exists out there a list of potential funders perfect for their proposed project, and all they need is access to it. Before you start, make sure you are up for the task.
8 Things to Do Before You Write a Grant Proposal
The goals and objectives section of your grant proposal can make or break your request for funding. This section of your proposal describes what your organization hopes to accomplish with your project. It also spells out the specific results or outcomes you plan to achieve. You'll have to convince your funder, such as a foundation or government agency, that your goals embody a worthy vision and that you can realistically achieve your objectives. A goal is a broad statement of what you wish to accomplish.
Although the main parts of your grant proposal will take up most of your time and energy, don't shortchange your cover letter. Attention to the subtler points of putting the proposal package together can make or break a funding request. Don't turn off your funder with a sloppy cover letter.