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  • DianeDemarestDianeDemarest Posts: 35 ✭✭✭
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    I've had to work really hard at shorter sentences but now I'm working with other folks in my org to shorten, shorten, shorten. Think newspaper, people can't digest sentences that are 40 words long!

  • JohnaRodgersGPCJohnaRodgersGPC Posts: 8 ✭✭✭
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    Under promise and over deliver. Everything takes more time than you think!!

    Johna Rodgers, GPC

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  • BethNobleBethNoble Posts: 1

    Use a logic model to develop a new project, then build the proposal.

  • Either write to the rubric the entire time OR have someone external to the project compare the application to the criteria. If they don't provide any, make a rubric based on the criteria and get feedback based on a reviewer's perspective.

    Also speaking from a reviewer's perspective, Federal, state, and local - be organized in your application so that it matches back to the RFP. Never send a reviewer on a goose chase. They might miss something important.

    Dr. Ericka Harney, CAE, CFRE, GPC, CVA

    ericka@erickaharney.com | 859-492-0677

    Consultant & Coach to Nonprofits - Harney & Associates, LTD

  • Keep core grant content handy and updated. While no application is the same, there certainly are similarities in terms of the questions that are asked and what you are required to submit. Maintaining core content in the form of a master proposal will make the writing experience much easier.

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