- Identify a need or gap in services. Conduct a needs assessment if necessary.
- Assemble a project design team of people who are committed to the project.
- Create a timeline that will allow a couple of days at the end for emergencies.
- Develop a problem statement.
- Ask for letters of support from project partners early.
- Develop one or two goals for the project.
- Develop both process and outcome objectives that are measurable for each goal.
- Design activities to carry out each objective.
- Design an evaluation plan that includes both qualitative and quantitative information.
- Write the narrative using short sentences that are to the point. Provide necessary information without trying to impress the reviewer.
- Use charts and graphs for impact as appropriate. They also help to break up the reading for the reviewer.
- Develop the budget carefully. Make sure the budgeted items correlate to the goals, objectives, and activities.
- Read through the Request for Proposal/Application (RFP or RFA) carefully. Check to be certain all the points are addressed in the proposal.
- Have a couple of people outside the team read through the proposal. Then ask them to describe the intent of the project.
- Contact the program officer and ask questions for clarification.
- Always use either certified mail or private courier and document when the proposal was sent. Be sure to allow enough time to arrive by the deadline.
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