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Advice on Grant Writing from the Reviewer’s Perspective

During my 12 years of writing grants, I have had the opportunity to sit on the occasional grant review committee for foundations and government agencies. Choosing which organizations to invest money in has provided an invaluable perspective when it comes to writing effective proposals.  Perhaps more importantly, I’ve learned ways to avoid irritating the people holding the purse strings.  In this article we’ll explore the grantmaking process so that you can make life easier for your reviewers.

To get a feel for their perspective, imagine the process…

Typically, you are a board member or a member of a group of volunteer reviewers from outside organizations. The adventure starts when you receive a stack of proposals that is probably taller than your phone book but shorter than a toddler. With a groan you lift the documents and move them somewhere more convenient —…

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