1) Communicate with funders. When in doubt, ask for clarification. (Don't be scared: Funders are people, too.) Make sure you understand what's expected. Even funders who accept the Common Grant Application Format may require additional information.
2) Follow the directions. Answer the questions in the order listed, submit the number of copies grantmakers request, and include only the materials specified.
3) Be creative, clear, concise, and accurate. Make the case for your proposal in your own unique way, but include precise data. Avoid technical jargon.
4) Emphasize what your organization will do. Spend more time describing your solution than the issue. Economize content and avoid repetition. Less is more.
5) Evaluation counts. Keep what you want to learn and evaluate in mind, as well the assessment tools you will use to evaluate your project (e.g., records, surveys, interviews, pre- and post-tests).
6) Proofread carefully. Make sure numbers add up and typos are removed. Double check the foundation name.
7) Seriously, proofread! If your proposal has been adapted for multiple funders, make sure you omit other funders' names, as well as references to previous requests.