Resources & Tips

Quick Refreshers

  • Dr. S. Joesph Levine has posted a "Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal." This guide breaks writing a grant proposal into sections, and for each section he provides writing hints and examples that make this an easy quick reference.
  • The Foundation Center Learning Lab provides resources to grant seekers designed to help you be successful in your grant search. The proposal writing short course is a two-part introduction to grant seeking. For additional resources from the Foundation Center, check out the virtual classroom menu.

Grant Writing Guides

  • The Non-Profit Guides organization designs grant writing tools to help nonprofits win grant funds. The "10-Point Grant Writing Guide" is specifically aimed at nonprofit organizations and provides sample inquiry letters, cover letters, and budgets.
  • "A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing" (PDF) by Lynn E. Miner explains what motivates grant makers, where to find out about public and private grants, and how to get started.
  • The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance has a guide for "Developing and Writing Grant Proposals." This guide provides another perspective on grant seeking.
  • The Minnesota Council on Foundations provides a guide for "Writing a Successful Grant Proposal." Although specifically geared for Minnesota, this guide helps grant seekers understand what information funders want and provides some guidance on how to answer these questions.
  • Purdue University has developed a set of Proposal Enhancement Tools. These tools were designed to help writers develop a strong grant proposal by clearly identifying the audience and the potential impacts to that audience. This set contains seven worksheets and can be downloaded in PDF format.