Be Prepared

Most first-time grant applications are rejected. Avoid this by following our advice. Prepare your organization with the following:

Be prepared

Identify the needs of your target audience, your purchase wish list and the amount of programmatic dollars. Maintain a folder of newspaper articles and statistics that establish need. Maintain another folder of everything previously written about your organization.

A grant writer at GrantWriterTeam can help you write the sections of a grant proposal like the Proposal Summary, Organization Description, History and Background, Needs, Project Description, Goals, Objectives, Evaluation, Project Timeline, and Budget.

Try to Establish a Relationship

Because most first-time grant applications are rejected, it is integral to get to know the funding source, like a foundation, before applying for one of their grants. Who and what have they funded in the past? What are their funding priorities and interests? Read everything you can find about them and pick up the phone and talk to the grants and investment director (if they accept calls). Ask about their goals, mission and vision. Tell them about your project and discuss whether or not your project is in line with their school of thought.

Get a Grant Writer

After establishing this relationship and positively determining a match with your project’s goals and the funding source’s priorities, it’s time to start working on your grant application.

Assuming you have 501(c)3 status, SAM registration, and a DUNS number, get a grant writer. Often, grant writers work for freelance or your organization may have a grant writer of your own. A good option would be to request a grant writer from because not only do these grant writers write grants, they help search for grants, too.


Review Eligibility

Remember to thoroughly review the grant eligibility before deciding to apply. A grant writer at GrantWriterTeam can help you determine your eligibility while searching for grants for you. On, eligibility criteria are clearly spelled out under the eligibility section of the grant details. A grant writer needs clear information so provide them with details about your organization and budget. This will make the process of grant writing smoother for the writer and provide you with a cohesive and thorough grant proposal. is where a match is made between grant writers and grant seekers. A grant seeker completes a request for a writer with an administrative fee of $50 and waits to hear back from multiple writers bidding on their project. Writing samples, a list of awarded grants, experience and expertise are emailed to the grant seeker.

Once the grant writer is chosen, he/she contacts the grant seeker to discuss deliverables such as drafts of the proposal and rates. If you’re looking for a grant writer, go to