This guide has been created to help those interested, at Lincoln University of Missouri, in writing grants .
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2013
The purpose of this guide is to provide a central location for resource and information related to grants and grant writing for the Lincoln University of Missouri Community.
The following links lead to articles and websources about the process of starting out on one's grant writing journey. One article points out that grant writers don't write grants, they write proposals and that it's not as scary as it sounds. Another link drops one right into the knowledgebase of grantspace.org. Grantspace offers both free and paid courses on writing proposals and grants. Another link walks through the grant proposal writing process. And, of course, there is more.
- Community Toolbox: Writing a Grant
Has your community identified a health problem and a strategy for addressing it, but reached a roadblock to action because of inadequate funding? A grant can provide that much-needed funding and enhance the community's capacity for change.
If you have never contemplated writing a grant proposal and feel intimidated about how to begin, this is the Tool Box section for you! If you have written grant proposals in the past but feel a bit rusty or want to enhance your capacity to write a winning grant proposal, this is the tool for you! In the following sections you will learn about how to apply for grants available primarily through the public sector. However, many of the strategies can be applied to foundation grant proposals as well.
- Corp. for Public Broadcasting Grant Writing Tips
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting evaluates hundreds of proposals each year for a variety of programming and consulting projects. This publication is an easy guide to the basic elements of grant proposal writing and is offered to assist applicants to CPB and other funding sources. It offers guideposts to help you through each stage of the process.
- Developing a Successful Grant Proposal
The Agricultural Innovation and Commercialization Center at Purdue University has developed this online resource to assist you with grant writing. Anyone seeking grant funding may find this material helpful. The content included in the publication and accompanying presentations explains the steps involved in completing a successful grant proposal and presents specific examples for new business ventures.
- Foundation Center: Proposal Writing Short Course
The subject of this short course is proposal writing. But the proposal does not stand alone. It must be part of a process of planning and of research on, outreach to, and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate donors.
- Grants and Grant Writing Archived Articles at Science/AAAS
The articles are older, but may be useful in navigating the process.
- Grantspace Knowledge Base: How Do I Write a Grant Proposal
One of their more popular questions...
- How to Get Started in Grant Writing
There's something about the term "grant proposal" that sends fear and apprehension through even the most pragmatic writers. I know--I was a victim myself.
So, after reading five books, attending seminars and working with four experienced mentors, I overcame the fear.... (Author: Kathryn Lemmon)
- NIH: Writing Your Application
Writing a grant application is a major undertaking. The following guidance may assist you in developing a strong application that allows reviewers to better evaluate the science and merit of your application.
- Proposal Writing Guide
More good information about grant proposal writing.
- Purdue U: Writing a Successful Grant Proposal (PDF)
For many people, applying for a grant is a mysterious process. You may have the feeling that those who are successful and receive grants are either lucky or have “inside connections.” But grant writing does not have to be mysterious. In most cases, grants are awarded based on a careful review process with criteria that everyone has access to.
- Sample Grant Proposal (PDF)
Use this sample grant proposal to help you in the process of preparing your own request for funding. Check with your state department of education to see if they require a certain format in their request for proposal (RFP). Many foundations also have specific requirements.
- UNC Handout on Grant Writing
This handout will help you write and revise grant proposals for research funding in all academic disciplines (sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts). It's targeted primarily to graduate students and faculty, although it will also be helpful to undergraduate students who are seeking funding for research (e.g. for a senior thesis).
- What to do before you write a grant proposal
A list of links relating to preparation for writing grant proposals and project development.
- Writing a Grant Proposal
Writing a grant proposal—like any big project—is easier when you break it down into steps.