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Keys to Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

Organization Techniques:


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It is a well known fact that the first impression a proposal makes (i.e. how well it is written) often determines how reviewers will view the presentation as a whole.  If a granting institution is forced to read a verbose, and disorganized proposal it might assume that the submitting organization is likewise disorganized and unfocused.   One of the most important jobs of the grant writer, then, is to ensure that their proposal is as focused and clear as possible, and effortless to understand.   One of the best ways to make a proposal easy to understand and follow is through the use of the storyboard methoding.

  Used extensively in Hollywood and by ad agencies, the storyboarding technique was adopted and modified in the 1960's by defense contractors who wanted to tell very complex stories about building missiles, aircraft and submarines.

Storyboarding is a technique designed to tell your organization's story to the funding authority.   It is very simple to make a storyboard and to use the power of this great tool.  

A storyboard can be made by taking an 11x17 piece of paper and folding it in half to make two 11x8 ½ pages.   On the left side of the storyboard a graphic or picture is drawn to summarize the approach you intend to use to perform the grant work.   On the right side text is written describing the process your group will use to complete grant work.   Storyboarding is effective because it describes your intended process both visually and in words making use of both left and right brain orientations.  

Storyboards also help grant writers limit the length of their proposals because if something cannot easily be incorporated into the storyboard.   However, the writer should remember that just because a storyboard is shorter, that doesn't mean it will be easier to write. In fact, it is usually more difficult to draft the text for a storyboard because hard choices have to be made about what to leave out. Ultimately, however, the power of the storyboard makes the effort worthwhile. Once a degree of skill has been obtained in using storyboarding, your organization's writers will find that it provides a powerful new tool in the writer's toolbox.

Continuing on with our solicitation example, a storyboard was created to explain the use of a dual research methodology for this project.   Dual methodology means that both a quantitative and qualitative data and information will be used to provide the necessary evaluations required.



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