Grant writing 101: 3 tips for saving time when grant writing!

Published: 19 June 2017

Time passed, which, basically, is its job” – Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites (1987)

Often, we hear from our clients that submitting a proposal with us is very different to the chaos and stress they normally experience close to a deadline. What makes us stand apart in this regard? We do not claim to have a winning formula that will magically give you more time but being professional writers, we have some tips that will make your life easier.

1. Make a concept

One of the first things that we do when a project starts is to make a 1-page concept that helps us align our ideas with the client. In addition to that, this concept gives our projects a focus that we later refer to develop into a strong proposal. This concept should briefly state:

  • What is the problem?
  • Why is it a problem?
  • How are you going to solve the problem?
  • What will be the impact after you have solved it?

Having such a concept at hand also makes it easier to convince potential partners to join you!

2. Make a planning (and stick to it!)

We understand that you are likely to have a thousand things on your agenda at any given time. This makes it difficult to prioritize time for writing. This is why we advise you to make a planning of the writing process well before the deadline (2-3 months before). Break your proposal into sections and block time on your calendar for each section. Make a commitment to your planning and stick to it! This will give you the opportunity to fine-tune your application towards the deadline. Be sure to plan some time for revisions and reviews as well.

3. Change your workflow

We notice that often people start writing as if they are working on the final draft and try to make each sentence perfect. This approach is cumbersome and costs you a lot of time. Instead, adjust your workflow and start writing by first getting all your thoughts on paper. This will help you make a rough draft that you can work further on, saving time.

If all else fails, hire a professional!

This may seem like a shameless plug but trust us, hiring a professional will save you a lot of time. ttopstart has developed the FFWD (Fit, Framework, Write, and Development) method for writing successful grant proposals. We are very experienced and fully equipped to increase your chances (in some cases 5 times higher) for obtaining non-dilutive funding. Contact us via the form at the end of this message and get full support for your proposal submission.

You may also be interested in our 3 tips to strengthen your grant proposal or in our funding database for your next grant.

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