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The Grant Writing Process

Some General Tips:

  1. Begin early.
  2. Apply early and often.
  3. Don’t forget to include a cover letter with your application.
  4. Answer all questions.  (Pre-empt all questions.)
  5. If rejected, revise your proposal and apply again.
  6. Give them what they want.  Follow the application guidelines exactly.
  7. Be explicit and specific.
  8. Be realistic in designing the project.
  9. Make explicit the connections between your research questions and objectives, your objectives and methods, your methods and     results, and your results and dissemination plan.
  10. Follow the application guidelines exactly.  (I have repeated this tip because it is very, very, important.

Finding the Right Funder

  • Do your needs match the objectives or mission of the funder?
  • Do they give grants in your specific subject area?
  • What type of grants have they made over the last few years?
  • Do they give to individuals or only to organizations?
  • Are there any limitations on their grants that might rule out your project as a recipient?
  • How much money do they have to give away and what is the average size of their award?

Funding Opportunities

  1. Foundations
    • Independent or family foundations; many limit giving to a local area
    • Company-sponsored or corporate foundations
    • Community foundations, usually restricted to that community
    • Operating foundations, usually established by a non-profit organization
  2. Corporate Giving Programs; includes cash contributions, in-kind services, non-cash goods and services
  3. Community Organizations: civic, service, religious and employee groups.
  4. Government: funds available at federal, state and/or local level.
  5. Bank Trust Departments: investment income from trusts that have been pre-designated for a specific charitable purpose
  6. Information on Grant Sources.
    • Prevention Bulletin
    • Locating Funds for Health Promotion Projects, DHHS, Washington DC 20201
    • Federal Register
    • Universities and Colleges i.e. Resource Centers, Directories, and Aids


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