Get funded with a smart grant proposal template.

Use this grant proposal template to put your most professional foot forward.

Grant proposals can take a lot of time to write. It includes details about your project, outlines why it deserves funding, and often lists its budget requirements, too. A lot goes into grant proposals and a template can help you get an extra leg up. Here’s how to make and use a professional-looking grant proposal template for your next application.

Nail down the essentials.

Whether this is your first or hundredth nonprofit funding application, you’ll need to get some details in order. First, start with these sections.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Executive summary
  3. Statement of need
  4. Objective
  5. Strategy
  6. Plan of evaluation
  7. Budget

Then, review the funding application. Match the requirements on the application with your template and adjust sections as needed. For example, the application may call for a mission statement or organizational background.

Once your outline is complete, you can start filling in each section one at a time. As you go, remember that the purpose of your grant proposal template is to show potential funders that you know exactly what you’d do with the funding.

Double-check everything.

Grant proposal mistakes can cost you funding. So, double-check every detail and make sure you’ve included every piece of information the grant application requests.

Then, have a team member proofread your proposal. This can help catch mistakes and fix them before you submit the application. Lastly, collect any signatures you need and convert the document to PDF (or the file format as outlined in the application requirements).

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