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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas

Tips for Writing a Grant Proposal

Build Relationships and Ask Questions – If you need clarification or have a question about a grant announcement, you should contact the program officer listed on the announcement. If you experience any difficulty getting in contact with the program officer, my office will be more than happy to contact the agency on your behalf.

Give Yourself Time – Grant proposals can be incredibly time consuming and extensive, so give yourself plenty of time to meet all deadlines given by the agency, as late applications will not be accepted.

Review a Successful Proposal – You may submit a request to a federal agency to see a copy of successful proposals.

Be Realistic – Make sure that the proposed budget and predicted outcome are realistic and attainable. When possible, substantiate your proposal with factual evidence.

Proof Read - It is important that you have someone proofread your proposal to limit any grammar or spelling errors. It is also helpful to have a fresh set of eyes review the proposal to identify any clarity issues.