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For virtually every grant proposal you ever will submit you will need to answer: How? When? Who? What? Where? and How Much? Consequently, as you plan your grant proposal, be sure to:

  • Identify needed resources: Equipment? Materials? Personnel? Facilities? Funds?
  • Identify the sources for every needed resource: In-house? Partners? New grant funds?
  • Identify and list the numbers of units and unit costs for every needed resource.
  • Revise the budget line items as you organize and write the proposal.

HOW?: Refine your approach to your project by asking how will you:

  • Staff the project?
  • Train the staff?
  • Retain consultants or other contractual services?
  • Manage the project?
  • Equip the project?
  • Recruit and select participants?
  • Design and conduct activities?
  • Select and develop materials?
  • Market or promote the project?
  • Evaluate and report the results?
  • Share information with key partners?
  • Continue the project after the grant ends?
  • Locate and operate the project?

WHEN?: Define a timeline and milestones by:

  • Revising initial estimates as you proceed.
  • Looking at each program design component in terms of schedules and milestones.
  • Estimating the start dates and end dates for each key activity.
  • Anticipating that many key activities may take longer than you expect.

WHO?: Determine the personnel you will need by:

  • Revising initial estimates as you proceed.
  • Looking at each program design component in terms of personnel.
  • Considering the sources of the personnel: in-house, project, or partners.
  • Ensuring that someone leads or guides the entire proposal development process.

WHAT?: Identify the resources you will need by:

  • Revising initial estimates as you proceed.
  • Looking at each program design component in terms of needed resources.
  • Aligning needed equipment, supplies, materials, and services with key activities.
  • Identifying the sources of the needed resources: in-house, project, or partners.

WHERE?: Ascertain what facilities or venues you will need by:

  • Revising initial estimates as you proceed.
  • Looking at each program design component in terms of facilities or venues.
  • Aligning needed facilities or venues with key activities.
  • Identifying the sources of the needed facilities or venues: in-house, project, or partners.

HOW MUCH?: Build the budget you will need by:

  • Revising initial estimates as you proceed.
  • Looking at each program design component in terms of budget line items.
  • Obtaining actual costs and cost estimates for each line item.
  • Identifying the sources of the needed budget items: in-house, project, or partners.

If you plan your proposals by developing answers to these six basic questions, you will improve the likelihood of winning a grant.

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