EC-737 - Purdue extension EC-737 Writing a Successful Grant...

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PURDUE EXTENSION EC-737 Writing a Successful Grant Proposal Maria I. Marshall Department of Agricultural Economics Purdue University Aaron Johnson Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Oregon State University Joan Fulton Department of Agricultural Economics Purdue University Audience: Business managers seeking grant funding to support their business activities Content: Explains the steps involved in completing a successful grant proposal and presents specific examples for new business ventures Outcome: Readers will understand the necessary steps in writing a successful grant proposal. Introduction For many people, applying for a grant is a mysterious process. You may have the feeling that those who are successful and receive grants are either lucky or have “inside connections.” But grant writing does not have to be mysterious. In most cases, grants are awarded based on a careful review process with criteria that everyone has access to. In this publication, we help you break down the mystery of preparing a more competitive grant application. In the following sections, we outline the steps you need to complete. The examples that we use in this publication are oriented towards grants to assist new business ventures. But because the steps to completing a successful grant proposal are the same for all grants, this publication will be useful even if you are considering a grant in another area. At the end of the publication, you will find a series of worksheets to help you with the process of writing a successful grant proposal. Ensuring a Good Fit Let’s face it—when you are applying for a grant you are asking an agency for money. Agencies generally award funding to solve problems or address issues that are important to them. Therefore, to maximize your chance of success, be sure your proposal indicates you will be addressing a problem or improving a situation the agency funding the grant thinks is important. There are different ways to ensure a good fit between your proposal and the funding agency. First, you are off to a great start if your goals are consistent with the agency’s goals. Next, check the call for proposals (sometimes called “request for proposals” [RFP] or “notice of funds available” [NOFA]). In the remainder of this publication we use the phrase “call for proposals.”
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2 Purdue Extension • Knowledge to Go Check and see if the objectives for this particular grant coincide with your objectives. Keep in mind that there are different objectives. For example, sometimes job creation is the goal, while another time increased regional income is the focus. While job creation and increased regional income are related, it is possible to have higher income in the region with no new jobs. Therefore, it is critical that you identify what outcomes are important for this agency and this grant proposal and make sure your proposal addresses these objectives.
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