Writing grants is an important real-world writing skill practiced by academics, artists, community organizers, and business people alike. A grant proposal tries to convince a funding agency to support a project or research. In order to convince selection committees to provide funding, grant writers must write convincingly and concisely. Granting agencies often provide specific application forms for their grants; most of these follow the same basic format.
The audience of a grant proposal is the selection committee. When writing a proposal, try to anticipate and answer reviewers’ questions.
A typical grant proposal includes an abstract, introduction, literature review, project narrative, budget, and budget justification.
The style should be clear, concise, and descriptive. It needs to be informative to professionals and understandable to non-professionals. The style should also be consistent with disciplinary conventions but should allow voice and personality to come through.