A big, boring chore: How to write funding proposals

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Anybody who has ever written more than a few grant proposals knows what a big, sometimes boring chore it is. But it’s an instructive chore: It forces you to articulate exactly what you plan to do and why it’s important. And that makes your work even better.

Each grant-maker has their own particular guidelines, but most of them will ask at least the following three questions.

About the author

  • Paul VanDeCarr

    Paul is a writer, editor, and communications trainer who has worked for the U.N. Development Programme, UNFPA, UNICEF, and the U.N. Secretariat. He authored a pair of guides on "Philanthropy and the SDGs" for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and has consulted with foundations on how to align their work with the SDGs. Previously, he has worked in the fields of oral history, theater, and documentary film, and wrote a guide for Working Narratives on "Storytelling and Social Change."