Being successful in a grant or award application means relying on someone else to make an important decision. And when relying on others to judge your work, it helps to know and meet their criteria as closely as possible.
Make it easy for grant assessors by meeting their requirements in several areas.
- Content: provide the content asked for at the right level of detail, and use any suggested headings.
- Length: be aware of word count limits for specific sections, or even character counts.
- Format: provide information in the format required, which may be attachments, tables, budgets, plans or photos.
- Deadline: be aware of the submission process, allow time to complete all the steps of the process, and submit by the deadline.
- Allow plenty of time to read the requirements, prepare a draft application and review it.
- Ask people who have successfully applied for the grant or award for tips.
- Learn from feedback, either generic or specific, on previous applications.
Sometimes instructions can be very long and detailed, added to over time to address common issues or mistakes often made, and it can be easy to overlook specific requirements. An editor can increase your chances of success by reading the grant requirements and your draft response, highlighting unmet requirements and suggesting improvements. Editing can be an excellent return on investment for grant, award and job applications.
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