Successful Grant Writing

Follow our 3 steps to engage in successful grant writing. Everyone wants the ability to pursue as many grants as possible and win them all! But, you must consider the value of your time and understand that there are many nonprofits, small businesses, or individuals applying for the same grants. Go to GrantWriterTeam and hire a grant writer to help you.

Steps for successful grant writing:

  1. Determine if a grant is a good match for you
  2. Research past winners of the grant, compare and contrast their needs with your own
  3. Hone your writing skills. Take a formal grant writing class. You can sign up at and stay tuned.

First, determine if a grant is right for you. Do this by reviewing the size of the grant and eligibility criteria. If you require $10,000 for your programming but the grant is worth $50,000, don’t apply for it. On the reverse side, if you require $50,000 and the grant is for $10,000, apply for a few grants to be able to complete your project.

If a grant requires a 501(c)3 status but you don’t have it, don’t apply for it. That would be a waste of your time and the time of the funding source.

Next, go online! Research past recipients of the grant and consider their programming and goals. It is good to compare your programming with theirs. You might find a pattern in the funding source’s awarding behavior. The funding source could lean toward a method of programming or a goal. For instance, a funding source may say they provide relief to “under-funded” areas but have historically stuck to inner-cities. This would mean if you are in a rural under-funded area, you most likely will not get the grant.

Last, take a formal grant writing class. A good course will teach you some of the following:

  • Research and find grants
  • The fundamentals of a grant proposal
  • Similarities and differences of proposal formats
  • The roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors and management team
  • Establishing the need for your proposal
  • Writing, editing, proofreading and completing the final proposal document
  • Preparing a budget

For upcoming courses from experienced and world-renowned grant writers, sign up for Grant Writing Institute at

After completing these 3 steps, you will be well-prepared for applying for grants. And if you need help, consult a grant writer at