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In writing a new grant proposal, the use of boilerplate from one or more past proposals is a common practice. It offers a starting point for creating responses, particularly to topics or review criteria that recur from one proposal to the next; however, it should be used only as an initial point of departure — never as a final point of arrival — for writing a new proposal.


This post is the second of a pair of posts on boilerplate, which together are the last in a series on the use of templates, clones, and boilerplate in grant writing.


Examples of Possible Boilerplate:

Some examples may clarify a few of the many possible uses of boilerplate in writing grant proposals:


Example 1: Organizational History — Once a concise and compelling narrative of an organization’s history and capacity exists, it should be reusable as a basis for writing subsequent ones. As it passes new milestones and adds new accomplishments, these may accrete to earlier narratives.


Example 2: Position Description — Once its position title, time commitment, accountability, duties and responsibilities, and required and preferred qualifications are defined, a description of any given project position should be reusable, albeit with revisions, in later proposals.


Example 3: Literature Review — Once an applicant has completed a cogent state-of-the-art review of research literature on a given model or strategy, it should be able to build on it or imitate it as a point of departure in later funding proposals where the similar research comes into play.


Example 4: GEPA §427 Plan — Once an organization has a plan for accommodating the special needs of potential participants whose disabilities or degree of English language proficiency may otherwise impede their participation, it should be able to adapt and fine-tune it to fit later grant opportunities.


Example 5: Statistics Tables — Once a writer has devised a statistical table (e.g., demographic descriptors or academic performance data), it should be reusable, with suitable revisions, as a structure for presenting similar data on later occasions.



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