As it is the job of a grant writer to show why a business or individual should receive a grant, it is important for you to follow some basic grant writing steps. Any client coming to you for grant writing help should be able to depend on you to avoid any grant writing mistakes.
Mistake #1: Grammatical Errors
Though this is not the greatest mistake that could come from a written grant, such error could be distracting to the purpose of the grant and also not reflect well on you as a writer.
Make sure that you use both your spell checker and your grammar checker and have one or two people proofread your work to ensure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors.
Additionally, it is important to write in a way that makes sense. Do not assume that the reader has the same education as you do. Make it relatable to where anyone would be able to read and understand what you are trying to say.
Mistake #2: Jargon
Do not assume that the people who are reading your grants will know
about your type of business and will understand all acronyms or jargon
of the business. If you must use an acronym or jargon in your grant,
make sure that you explain it clearly after the first use of it to
provide the necessary information to the reader.
Mistake #3: Not Following Instructions
Make sure that you are following all instructions that have been provided by the people you are proposing the grant. Do not leave out any details that they have specifically requested and make sure to submit your grant at the appropriate times and on the appropriate dates.
Show someone else the grant before submitting it and have them make sure everything is included that was requested in the instructions. Double-checking your work could prove valuable if indeed you have forgotten something.
Mistake #4: Not Being Realistic
Do not ask for funding without giving evidence that the funding is needed. Ask for reasonable amounts and show details of where the funding will go in the business. Double check your numbers to makes sure that they are all accurate and not inflated.
If you are inaccurate in your numbers, your proposal may be thrown out for not giving accurate information. Do not waste all your hard work by not double-checking your numbers.
At the same time, make sure that the funding you are asking for covers the budget that you are presenting. If the reviewers do not think you have thought everything through, they may not issue you a grant.
Mistake #5: A Rushed Document
Take your time when you are writing the document. The reviewers will be able to tell if you rushed through it. Make sure to detail every aspect of your proposal with the right amount of balance. Give enough information to show why a grant is needed, but do not give overwhelming details for things that do not pertain to the grant.
Make sure your document is complete and written well before turning it over to the reviewers. Any extra effort could ensure that your grant will be more acceptable to the review board.