It’s just like putting a mosaic together. Grant applications are made up of specific pieces and without each of them in place, it’s hard to construct a complete picture of your project. Some funders lay out a set of guidelines, and you should always follow them. Others only give basic requirements, page limits, etc. In those applications, include the following:
Brief, 2-3 sentence description of what you are going to do.
Profile/history of organization
Highlight past successes.
State clearly what the problem is. Use research to back up your claim.
What you are going to do to address the need, how and when, with whom. Include a logic model which links activities to outcomes. An explanation of expenditures and income should be included here. A spreadsheet of your budget can be included in the application attachments.
What does success look like, and what will you measure to determine if you are achieving it? How will program activities be adjusted, depending on results of the evaluation? Who will conduct the evaluation?
Who is responsible for program activities, budget oversight, evaluation, etc.? Include a task list and timeline.
Qualifications of personnel
Include resumes and short biographies. Give focus to work on past grant projects or work that is similar to managing a grant. Avoid lengthy curriculum vitae.
If not called for elsewhere, here is where your detailed program budget is attached.
Add data to support your needs statement; testimonials from participants; letters of support from community members.
Draw a pathway for your grant reader that looks like this: