The project fits the guidelines of what the funder wishes to fund.
The proposal is written clearly so that someone outside of the field can
understand what you are proposing to do.
The program or project meets the needs of those you are trying to reach,
and you can demonstrate that from your research.
The problem you are trying to solve is carefully researched, and your solution
The goals and objectives are reasonable, can be accomplished, and you have
demonstrated that your organization has the capacity to carry out your
goals and objectives.
You have engaged in a planning period with the individuals and organizations
involved, and their commitment is evident.
You have a good plan for precisely how you will carry out the grant.
The budget is reasonable for what you are trying to accomplish, doesnít
request anything that they donít fund, and has an adequate match if one
You have a reasonable evaluation plan.
You have the backing of your board of trustees, advisory board, or other
governing body, and there is a plan for institutionalizing the program
when the grant funds run out.
The following are often helpful:
You show a track record of successfully carrying out other grants.
There are partners involved including multiple funders.
Most grants are geared to solving important problems with innovative
solutions. These solutions should be models that can be used by others
in similar circumstances. Therefore, the more important and more common
the problem, the more innovative the solution, the more readily this innovative
solution can be used by others, the more likely you will get funded.
There are exceptions, for example, in the arts. Also, when a funder
asks you to provide a specific service, your application must demonstrate
your expertise and experience in carrying out what they want done. These
do not have to be innovative.