Job & Family Services Office of Workforce Development
Resources for Writing a Grant Proposal
After searching for funding, the next step in obtaining a grant is to write a proposal. Whether responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) or trying to persuade a grantor to fund a special project or program, many of the skills needed are the same: 
  1. Capacity to develop a detailed, thought-out plan of what will be accomplished through the grant.
  2. Ability to write clearly and succinctly.
  3. Attention to the details of submission required by the grantor.
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Request for Proposals (RFP) Template (MSWord)

Grant Information and Resources is a US Department of Labor site with links to necessary information for applying for federal grants.
Proposal Writing Short Course - This online tutorial from the Foundation Center provides guidelines for writing an effective proposal. Free, but may require registration.

Helpful Hints
  • Some private entities are more likely to fund programs in geographic regions where they conduct business.
  • Always contact the potential funding sources before applying to assure information listed on web sites is current.
  • Pay special attention to guidelines and criteria section of web sites; for example, some entities do not accept unsolicited proposals.


 Last updated: 04/06/2017