Helpful Grant Writing Links
Below is a list of sites that are helpful to grant writers.
Writing and Communication Courses
Whether you see yourself as a Walkley Award-winning reporter or the author of a blockbuster novel, Open Colleges Writing courses will encourage you to embrace the power of the written word and discover where your flair for writing could lead.
Articles on Grant Writing
Loads of useful articles -- too many to list here. There's an emphasis on preparing science-related grants, but most of the articles will be useful to everyone.
Before Writing a Grant Proposal
Here you'll find useful information on eight steps to take before you actually begin writing.
An online course designed to help with the basics of developing a project budget. Contents include: basic components of a project budget; types of financial documents often required for proposals; how overhead costs and fringe benefits may be incorporated within the budget; and how to access resources on the Web that provide templates of project budgets
Common Grant Application Format
Proposal format to simplify the process of requesting and making foundation grants, and writing effective proposals.
EE-Link is a WWW directory for Internet resources in environmental education. Developed for K-12 educators, EE-Link offers comprehensive information on organizations, classroom resources, literature, grants and jobs. The site is a project of the North American Association for Environmental Education Network, a partner in the US EPA-funded Environmental Education and Training Partership.
EPA Grant-Writing Tutorial
A useful tutorial, which includes sections on enhancing proposals, program specifics, forms, mock grantwriting, examples, references, resources, and a glossary.
Examples of Grant Narratives
Four examples from the University of Louisiana.
For Grant Writers
Grant Makers Reveal Why Grant Proposals Get Rejected
Read this article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy to find out the common reasons why so many proposals don't get funded.
Grant proposal writing
Grant Writer Directory
Grant Writer Directory
Grant Writer Jobs - Grant Writer - powered by Monster
Jobs.com - Grant Writer Jobs - powered by Monster
Grant Writing Guides
These guides contain samples of an inquiry letter, grant applications, RFPs, proposals budget, cover sheet and cover letter, and links to grant-making organizations.
Grant Writing Tutorial
This tutorial is designed to support new and minority drug abuse researchers who are seeking Federal funding specifically from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Much of the information is also relevant for individuals writing funding applications to other Government agencies. The Tutorial will assist you in developing an outline of a grant application by asking you questions as you proceed.
Developed by the Ford Foundation, this site offers guides, videos, case studies and other tools, as well as insights and suggestions gathered from donors and grant makers.
This site provides the grant writer with tips, techniques, and books related to grant writing. You'll find some great tips, links and resources, funding news, a glossary, and an acronyms page. Best of all, there's a series of free grant writing lessons.
Grants and Grant Proposal Writing
A guidebook on seeking external resources for research projects and crafting a grant proposal. Aimed at the academic community, but useful for non-academics as well. This is a .pdf file; you will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader to view it.
Innonet's Workstation for Nonprofits
This site is a real find! It has interactive tools to help you develop your program strategy, action plan, evaluation plan, budget and fundraising plans, and grant applications. Additional links will help you create or improve various types of data collection tools and to learn about data analysis.
Letter of Inquiry
Many foundations ask potential grant recipients to submit inquiry letters. This site tells you what you need to include when preparing such letters, and provides some examples.
Mock Grant Writing Activity
Here's a site where you can practice writing a grant proposal one step at a time. In each step, an actual grant proposal example is provided for you to compare against and find out how you are doing in the process. Also, you will have the chance to go back and check the relevant information needed on each step, as well as to review the important tips to help you enhance your proposal writing.
NIH Grant Writing Tips Sheets
Guides and tip sheets for learning about and preparing NIH grant applications.
NIH Sample Grant Proposal
Use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and view this fully annotated sample proposal
Proposal Enhancement Tools
The exercises and questions in the seven worksheets that make up these Proposal Enhancement Tools from Purdue University are designed to help you effectively identify and describe the target audiences for your proposal, the anticipated impact of your efforts, and the measures you propose to evaluate your success. You will need the free Acrobat Reader to view, download and use these tools.
Sample Fire Services Proposals
Lots of sample grant proposals for various fire-related products and services. You will need the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these documents.
Sample Successful Proposals
These sample proposals from the SchoolGrants site are focused on education.
Templates for Grant Proposals
Free templates and instructions for a letter of inquiry, proposal cover letter, grant proposal, and budget.
Using Hard and Soft Data to Build Strong Proposals
Here you can find out how to use two different types of data in your proposals -- hard data, which are usually in the form of statistics, and soft data, which are often presented as quotes and anecdotes. Both types of data are often used in successful proposals.
What do Winning Proposals Have in Common?
A listing of ten elements shared by winning proposals.
What Grantmakers Want Applicants to Know
Here are 15 solid recommendations that will help you increase your chances of success in winning competitive grants.
WriteThinking: Grant Writing Jobs
Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
The title of this website is "Grant Seeking in Minnesota," but everyone can benefit from the excellent information on the contents of a standard grant proposal.
Writing From the Winner's Circle
A comprehensive online booklet on writing and submitting competitive grant proposals.
Writing Your Proposal Budget
Resources and information on budgeting, as well as links to sample grant budgets.