Grant Writing Tips

Proposal Writing Short Course

This free, online course from the Foundation Center offers advice on proposal writing from developing background expertise to tips for individual parts of the grant proposal.

Proposal Budgeting Basics

This free, online course from the Foundation Center is designed to help with the basics of developing a project budget, and it is geared for those who have general knowledge of proposal development.

The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing (5th ed.) Audio Book

Free audio book from the Foundation Center available for listening online or for downloading to listen at your convenience. is a site devoted to providing free resources for both advanced grantwriting consultants and inexperienced nonprofit staff.

Grantmakers Reveal the Most Common Reasons Proposals are Rejected

An interview from the Chronicle of Philanthropy with experience program officers listing common  mistakes. Advice includes following directions, getting the background on funders, emphasizing scale and impact, and triple checking calculations.

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education – Funding Your Best Ideas: A 12-Step Program

A former program officer from the Department of Education offers a succinct list of advice for grant seekers. Tips are divided into “Before Writing” and “While Writing.”

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

A comprehensive and step-by-step guide to developing a proposal by Barbara Davis, a non profit management consultant. The advice is from an article in the Minnesota Council on Foundations’ Guide to Minnesota Grantmakers.

Common Errors

The Center for Research on Learning & Technology at Indiana University provides a concise list of common mistakes while writing proposals.

General Tips on Writing a Competitive Grant Proposal & Preparing a Budget

The EPA offers general information and guidance for applicants to assist them in applying for funding opportunities at EPA.

Grant Proposal Writing Tips

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting evaluates hundreds of proposals each year for a variety of programming and consulting projects. This publication is an easy guide to the basic elements of grant proposal writing and is offered to assist applicants to CPB and other funding sources. It offers guideposts to help you through each stage of the process.

Grant Writing Tip Sheets

Many NIH Institutes put out guides and tip sheets on their Web sites. These guides can be useful resources.

On the Art of Writing Proposals

Some candid suggestions for applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions.

NSF: A Guide for Proposal Writing

A National Science Foundation publication, A Guide for Proposal Writing

National Network of Grantmakers (NNG) Common Grant Application

This common application form, developed by the National Network of Grantmakers, helps save time and effort in the grant application process. It can also be helpful in organizing your ideas when beginning a project proposal.


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