How to Apply For Grant - Grant Guide Series - Part Two


In continuation of our grant success guide we will be discussing some very important points and tips to consider in applying for grant and submission of grant proposal.

How to Apply For Grant

The processes involved in securing grant funding could be very tedious and having an acceptable grant application and research proposal is the one of the major hurdle one would have to scale through.

A successful grant proposal is one that is well prepared, thoughtfully planned, and well written and concisely packaged. The potential applicant should become familiar with all of the pertinent program criteria related to the Catalog program from which assistance is sought. You would need to refer to the information contact person listed in the Catalog program description before developing a proposal to obtain information such as whether funding is available, when applicable deadlines occur, and the
process used by the grantor agency for accepting applications. Applicants should remember that
the basic requirements, application forms, information and procedures vary with the agency making the grant award.

Most Individuals without prior grant proposal writing experience may find it useful to attend a grant
writing workshop. A workshop can amplify the basic information presented here. Applicants
interested in additional readings on grants and proposal development should consult the
references listed at the end of our Government E-Book.

It is important to note that scaling through the first hurdle in grant application will depend on strict compliance with:
  1. the basic guidelines (e.g. using prescribed form, or forwarding letter of intent etc.
  2. mundane things like the prescribed number of words for each section of the proposal.
  3. guide on submission of proposal – whether by email or courier etc.
  4. the composition of the research team
  5. deadline for submission of proposal format
  6. budget limit for the round of the competition
  7. other guidelines such as inclusion of the CVs of members of the team etc.
(Please note that only those that comply are shortlisted for consideration).

Warning: Some applicants could some times be notorious for their indiscipline: - e.g., they never keep to time or they like to do things or behave irresponsibly. This attitude will not help any prospective grant seeker. Please note that funders take their guidelines seriously because they would have spent money getting experts together to develop them in order to facilitate the process. Consequently they will not tolerate any fund seeker who does not follow the guideline.

In other words, the success of most grant proposals depend on:
  1. Strict compliance with the basic guidelines  e.g. using prescribed form, or forwarding letter of intent etc.
  2. Strict compliance with such mundane things like the prescribed number of words for each section of the proposal.
  3. Strict compliance with guide on submission of proposal – whether by email or courier etc.
  4. Strict compliance with the composition of the research team
  5. Strict compliance with deadline for submission of proposal
  6. Strict compliance with budget limit for the round of the competition
  7. Strict compliance with other guidelines such as inclusion of the CVs of members of the team etc.
Your proposal may not be read if you fail to adhere to the guidelines.  Consequently a well thought out proposal which is damn good and which focuses on the key issues of interest to the funders may be thrown out at the short listing stage if applicants fail to comply with simple guidelines.

Examples of simple guideline violations include:
  • not keeping with the number of words prescribed for each section,
  • failure to submit in time when proposal is sent in by 12.00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) instead of 12.01 am EST by applicant or
  • when budget limit is exceeded (e.g., guideline says that support will be in the range of $10,000 while applicant is requesting $10,500 to $15,000 for the project).  
In this part of our grant guide series we have equipped our-self with the necessary knowledge of how to apply for grant and guidelines to adhere to. In the next part of the guide we be examining the processes involved in the review of grant proposals.

Feel free to make your contributions, observations or ask questions on this topic of how to apply for grant or any part of our Grant Guide Series using the comment form below and we will be more than happy to add to our data base of knowledge.


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