This Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal was created to help empower people to be successful in gaining funds for projects that provide worthwhile social service. A major theme that runs throughout the Guide is a concern for the development of meaningful cooperative relationships - with funding agencies, with community organizations, and with the people you are serving - as a basis for the development of strong fundable initiatives. The Guide is built on the assumption that it is through collaboration and participation at all levels that long term change can be effected.
To make this Guide as useful as possible, all suggestions have been carefully reviewed with a concern that they be easy to implement and can have the greatest positive effect on the creation of a funding proposal. (This is the same design concern that I used for the creation of the companion guide for graduate students - Guide for Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation ). Long orations are minimized and suggestions are presented in a direct and clear manner. Actual proposal examples are included so that you can easily see the different suggestions demonstrated.
As you are going through this Guide you will probably see things that aren't clear, need fixing, or should be further clarified. Please send them along and I will do my best to improve the Guide based upon your ideas. I try to make major revisions in the Guide at least 2-3 times each year. Your suggestions on how to improve this Guide will be most appreciated
And finally, I receive many requests asking me to recommend a book or two that would be helpful in writing a good proposal. I've started to create such a listing of books I've identified and my review of each of them. Feel free to check out my selection of books to help with the preparation of a funding proposal . Enjoy using this Guide and I hope it brings you good luck as you seek funding for your ideas!
Joe Levine ([email protected])
Thanks for your post, Monica, which I appreciate.
I had awful feed back to my short story, (one I wrote six years ago). The reader criticised just about everything. I was stunned but not enraged.
I read through her feefback thrice, and saw she was right with about fifty percent of the manuscript. I wrote back to thank her for her help in improving my story. I learnt a lot from her ruthless critique.
The laugh is that she was as much taken aback by my thanks and appreciation.
I will read member’s post and leave feedback.
My files contain obituaries that show how dull some are when there is but the basic list of name, date of death, and funeral arrangements. I have one of a man who lived to 96, yet his obituary only contains 69 words (including the date and time of funeral and donation requests); another who lived to 86 whose obituary is only 82 words. Surely their lives were more than that! If the cost of buying classified space was a concern, I say leave out the donation part and include something about the person who lived their life. Even three carefully chosen words can sum up a life.