How Do I Write a Grant?

Proposal writing is just one step in the grant-seeking process. It must be part of a process of planning and of research: Far more time should be spent developing the program or project and researching and cultivating donors than preparing the actual proposal.

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How to Write a Concept Paper - Sample

How to Write a Concept Paper - Sample

The five elements needed in a concept paper

Funders often ask for a one- or two-page concept paper prior to submission of a full proposal. This helps the funder save time by eliminating ideas that are not likely to be funded and may also serve as a platform for further discussion with the funder’s program officer.