Tyler Junior College

Grant Writing Tips

  • Identify a need or gap in services.  Conduct a needs assessment if necessary. 
  • Assemble a project design team of people who are committed to the project.
  • Create a timeline that will allow a couple of days at the end for emergencies.
  • Develop a problem statement.
  • Ask for letters of support from project partners early.
  • Develop one or two goals for the project.
  • Develop both process and outcome objectives that are measurable for each goal. 
  • Design activities to carry out each objective.
  • Design an evaluation plan that includes both qualitative and quantitative information.
  • Write the narrative using short sentences that are to the point.  Provide necessary information without trying to impress the reviewer.
  • Use charts and graphs for impact as appropriate.  They also help to break up the reading for the reviewer.
  • Develop the budget carefully.  Make sure the budgeted items correlate to the goals, objectives, and activities.
  • Read through the Request for Proposal/Application (RFP or RFA) carefully. Check to be certain all the points are addressed in the proposal.
  • Have a couple of people outside of the team read through the proposal. Then, ask them to describe the intent of the project.
  • Contact the program officer and ask questions for clarification.
  • Always use either certified mail or private courier and document when the proposal was sent. Be sure to allow enough time to arrive by the deadline.