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What to Do Until the Grantwriter Comes
Ten Tested Tips to Help You Write Better Grants

Marcy Horwitz & Associates
is prepared to position
your organization for success.

Before we start working with you,
you can use this checklist to ensure
that you are equally prepared.
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What to Do Until the Grantwriter Comes
Ten Tested Tips to Help You Write Better Grants

Marcy Horwitz & Associates
is prepared to position
your organization for success.

Before we start working with you,
you can use this checklist to ensure
that you are equally prepared.
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What to Do Until the Grantwriter Comes
Ten Tested Tips to Help You Write Better Grants

Marcy Horwitz & Associates is prepared to position
your organization for success.

Before we start working with you, you can use this checklist to ensure that you are equally prepared.
Checklist for Successful Engagement:

Make sure your organization has the capacity and the will to do the proposed project.

Beware of “mission drift.”

Have you thoroughly reviewed the application guidelines?

Single spaced or double spaced? 12 point type or 10? What font must you use?

Is your writing clear, concise, and readable?
- Use the active voice rather than the passive. Keep sentences short.
- Use bullet points when possible. If guidelines permit, use white space.

You should proofread your proposal three times.
- After three times, most people are unable to catch typos, missing words, etc.
- Ask your colleagues to bring fresh eyes to the project.

Are the correct attachments attached?
- Typically, funders require copies of your IRS letter of determination, 990s, audits, lists of board directors, etc.

Have you made the right number of copies?
- Don’t make a potential funder hunt you down for copies!
- Did you make a copy for the files? Seems obvious, doesn’t it? You’d be surprised….

Submit your grant package on time.
- Late = not considered. Period.

Inform the appropriate program staff and board members that this grant is pending.
- They might just be able to put in a good word for the project!
Checklist for Successful Engagement:

Make sure your organization has the capacity and the will to do the proposed project.

Beware of “mission drift.”

Have you thoroughly reviewed the application guidelines?

Single spaced or double spaced? 12 point type or 10? What font must you use?

Is your writing clear, concise, and readable?
- Use the active voice rather than the passive. Keep sentences short.
- Use bullet points when possible. If guidelines permit, use white space.

You should proofread your proposal three times.
- After three times, most people are unable to catch typos, missing words, etc.
- Ask your colleagues to bring fresh eyes to the project.

Are the correct attachments attached?
- Typically, funders require copies of your IRS letter of determination, 990s, audits, lists of board directors, etc.

Have you made the right number of copies?
- Don’t make a potential funder hunt you down for copies!
- Did you make a copy for the files? Seems obvious, doesn’t it? You’d be surprised….

Submit your grant package on time.
- Late = not considered. Period.

Inform the appropriate program staff and board members that this grant is pending.
- They might just be able to put in a good word for the project!
Checklist for Successful Engagement:

Make sure your organization has the capacity and the will to do the proposed project.

Beware of “mission drift.”

Have you thoroughly reviewed the application guidelines?

Single spaced or double spaced? 12 point type or 10? What font must you use?

Is your writing clear, concise, and readable?
- Use the active voice rather than the passive. Keep sentences short.
- Use bullet points when possible. If guidelines permit, use white space.

You should proofread your proposal three times.
- After three times, most people are unable to catch typos, missing words, etc.
- Ask your colleagues to bring fresh eyes to the project.

Are the correct attachments attached?
- Typically, funders require copies of your IRS letter of determination, 990s, audits, lists of board directors, etc.

Have you made the right number of copies?
- Don’t make a potential funder hunt you down for copies!
- Did you make a copy for the files? Seems obvious, doesn’t it? You’d be surprised….

Submit your grant package on time.
- Late = not considered. Period.

Inform the appropriate program staff and board members that this grant is pending.
- They might just be able to put in a good word for the project!