Step 1

Developing the Proposal Idea

NOW THAT AN INTRODUCTION to the process of preparing a proposal has been given, let’s take that first step! This section of the workbook walks grantseekers through developing the proposal idea by answering some key questions. Before beginning to write a proposal to secure funds to address an unmet need, grantseekers must first determine which programs in the organization are the most “fundable.” That is, which programs are most likely to garner the most interest from grantmakers?

Many funders have a fairly strong preference for investing in new programs and successful continuing programs that are expanding over general operating support or basic program continuation. Again, be sure to do a thorough job of researching ...

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