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5. Write a Strong Application

Most Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) require applications to include a description of:

  • Goals and objectives, which should be clearly defined and specific;
  • Need, which includes both the need for the service or activity that the grant will support and your organization’s track record in fulfilling such needs;
  • Approach and impact, which clearly shows how you plan to achieve the purpose of the grant program. Whenever possible, this should include supporting data;
  • Resources and capabilities, which describes the knowledge, staffing and fiscal capacity that your organization has in order to carry out your proposed project and meet the goals of the grant program; and
  • Budget, which is a realistic plan that matches your goals and objectives. It includes a narrative that justifies the costs.

Be concise and precise in describing your proposed grant activities. Remember, your application must adhere to the page limitations stated in the formatting information in the FOA.

Before You Submit

Your submission is final. You can’t make edits or append any documents after submission. Be thorough in your review of your application, but do not wait until the last minute to submit. Late submissions are not accepted. Applicants should make every effort to submit their applications at least 48–72 hours before the application deadline.

  • Check your proposal for spelling, correct calculations, adherence to page limitations and font and file-type requirements.
  • Use the checklist provided in the FOA or create your own, but make sure that all required documents are included in the application package. Be sure that application elements are in the order specified in the FOA.
  • Review the content and be sure you have addressed all the criteria that will be used to score your application.

The content on this page is for informational purposes and should not be construed as instructions for submitting an application. Please refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement of interest for detailed instructions.

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