Successful Proposal Writing
Being successful in proposal writing
is simply a matter of creating the right information for your organization, putting it in the correct form and then writing that information into a proposal. Much of the battle in writing a proposal is knowing what information you will need to create that needs to be included in the proposal. Once you have the information created, adding it to a proposal can be quite simple. I will walk you though the information you need to include when proposal writing
and help you understand how to create it. Then adding the information to a proposal in the correct format will be elementary.
Basic Proposal Writing Information
The basic information you will need to compile when proposal writing is:
1. Introduction Letter-a brief one page letter that introduces your organization, the reason for your proposal
2. Mission and Vision Statements-the reason the organization exists and what it plans to accomplish
3. Project Description-a brief description of the new project for which you are seeking funds
4. Target Market and Geographic Area-description of the people you are serving including demographics, ethnographic, and geographic area
5. Description of Organization-organization’s name, address and IRS nonprofit determination letter
6. Contact Information-organization’s name, address, phone number and email address
7. The Need-a convincing, compelling, and concise presentation of the problem and its effect on the target market
8. The Solution-the potential solutions to the problem
9. The Strategic Plan to Meet the Need-your organization’s plan to address the problem
10. Measurable Goals and Outcomes-the outcomes you expect to have and the time-frame you expect to have them and how you will measure your success
11. The Organizations History-the history of the organization
12. Budget-a two year itemized budget
13. Board of Directors Page-each board members name, title, address, and phone number
14. Leadership Resumes-a complete resume for each person on the leadership team
15. Organizational Brochure-a professional brochure of the organization
16. 501c3 Determination Letter-a copy of the IRS determination letter confirming the 501c3 status of the organization
Proposal Writing Classes
Above is the important information that must be included when proposal writing. Once this information is created, you can begin putting it into a format that will make it easy for a funder to review. In its simplest form of proposal writing, each section above can be placed on a separate page which will end up giving you a 16 page proposal. If writing proposals is something that you are serious about, there is wisdom in attending a simple grant writing class. A grant writing class can take your proposal writing to a more professional level and teach you more specifics on how to write an award winning grant proposal.
Although, every great grant proposal has the above details there is proven ways to put this information in a format that gets more attention from funders. In addition to proposal writing, you need to learn how to find those that will fund your organization. A good grant writing class will teach you how to make quick work of research of learning the organizations that will fund your proposal.
What constitutes successful proposal writing is the ability to compile the correct information, in a concise and compelling manner that convinces a funder that your proposal is the right one to fund. It makes it much easier to write the proposal if you first compile the information above and then write it into the correct format. A quick proposal writing class can give you much more detailed information and help you achieve award winning success.
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