The information supplied in this article is not to be used as legal advice and does not guaranty an outcome when writing for Grants. The purpose of this article is to share a basic overview of the Grant writing process.
Many people believe the government is just sitting around waiting for people to ask for grant by just saying Mother May I have some free money? That’s not exactly how grants work. However, neither is the other most common myth: If you get a postcard in the mail saying you may qualify for free money or grant call the number listed on the postcard with in ten day, this is most likely a scam just wanting you to believe you have won the “free money” lottery.
I know what you are thinking, ok then how does the grant process work? The grant process in general is tricky and long process of rules, regulations, and most grants no matter how well they are written get turned down. All grants and other government funding agencies are individual and different. However, there are some general basic guidelines that apply to almost every grant writing process. It is worthy to note that there are a few exceptions, where these basic guidelines may not be applicable.
The first stage in writing a grant or any writing project the writer must understand who the audience is. In terms of writing a grant this means knowing the difference between a proposal and a grant.
A proposal is in the same category as a grant. A business proposal is a business document outlining a suggestion or a solution to a problem face by a business. Business proposals are often times use to gain new projects, customers or business, by the writer offering to solve some type of problem or to fulfill a need of the audience of the proposal. Business proposals can be solicited or unsolicited.
A grant is a type of business proposal. A grant is a document asking for money from an agency to support a project, research, or a business expansion. Grants given by the government are often times limited to assisting companies and research facilities in launching programs to help society solve an environment issue or conduct research.
The second step of writing a grant is identifying the problem or the need for the funding through the grant program. When writing grants you must have a clear defined problem in which the grant you are seeking will solve. This step is important to the whole process. This is the section of the grant where your interest, desire, and passion for grant should show through.
The most important key to writing a grant is to identify a specific problem. This problem needs to be precise and not too broad.
The third and final general step of writing a grant is the most frustrating and complex. In this step you must follow all the rules, regulations, and instructions of the agency.
Some agencies require a inquire letter to precede a grant. This letter is usually one page and briefly describes your issue along with why you want to apply for a grant. The inquire letter as its advantages. The main advantage this step offers is after the submission of the inquiry letter you will either be given the green light from the agency to submit your actual grant proposal or your inquiry is denied. This is a good thing and can save you time and money.