Analyze the work involved. Clarify questions with the agency. Requirements seem excessive? Oh, well. Don’t procrastinate!
It’s not a spare time activity. Letters of support are challenging. Review, review, review for grammatical errors. Don’t start unless you can finish.
Regional, state, or national? How much is available? Number of grants to be awarded? For your business or any business? Grants per hundred competitors?
In competition with double match organizations? Check out previous grants funded. Read applications previously awarded. In doubt, inquire.
If grant funding is not a priority, seek someone with experience. Is the writer qualified or available? If the application is not a priority, it might not read well or be competitive. Go for all extra bonus points.
Forms help consistency and minimize bias. Use the forms, no matter how bizarre it seems. Confused? Ask questions!
Don’t attach extra information. Follow the instructions no matter how odd.
What is the grantor trying to achieve? Support the grantor’s funding objectives. Applications are ranked on the funding objectives. Uncover objectives that are not obvious.
First round has the most $$$. Additional rounds may be cut or eliminated. First round funded and successful projects add credibility. First round projects should stand on their own, yet be expandable.