EPA Grant Writing Tutorial
Grants are amounts of money that are awarded to particular
facility or activity and that do not have to be paid back. Grants are
paid by government agencies or private organizations and the applicants
should understand the goals and activities of the funding federal
agencies or private organization before submitting the application
form. The U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has developed the
grant program to help non-profit organizations and communities for
their environmental based development programs.
Successful Grant Proposal
A proposal can become a successful one, if it is
well-prepared, clearly planned, and briefly packaged. The basic
components of a proposal are proposal summary, organization
introduction, problem statement, goals and objectives, project
activities and design, qualifications, evaluation, future funding, and
Proposal Summary: This can be
attached as a separate sheet or a cover letter. A summary should
briefly define the objective of the project.
Organization Introduction: This
should include the past, present and future activities of the
organization. Also, organization goal, success stories, philosophies,
brief history of board members, and record with other grantors can be
Problem Statement: This is the
key part of a proposal. It should be clear and concise with
well-supported statements that should illustrate the need for funds to
overcome the problem. The information included should be factual and
should directly address the problem.
Goals and Objectives: The goals
and objectives should be clear, and should address the expected
benefits and result of each objective.
Project Activities and Design:
The project activities should list all the tasks that are related with
the project. A specific timeline should be given to each task and
bigger tasks can be split into many smaller one to make work easy.
Qualification: An applicant
should provide their qualification, experience, strength, and network
to do the proposed project.
Evaluation: Evaluation criteria
should be added in the proposal track the progress of the project.
Future Funding: The applicant
should also submit the expected sources of funding after the completion
of the grant.
The project budget should be outlined in a detailed manner. This should
include contract costs, personnel benefits and salaries, travel,
supplies, and equipment. The budget should also list how the funds will
be spent and the person responsible for spending funds.
Appendices for Grant Proposal
An applicant should attach their resume with the proposal.
This resume should contain relevant qualifications, work ethics and
commitment, and other success stories. Sometimes, letters of support
can be included with the proposal. Other attachments should not be
included unless requested by the grantors.
- Components: Here, major components
in proposal are listed with good illustrations.
- Appendices: This page clearly
explains the necessary components that should be included in the
- Appendices Guidelines: This page
contains the guidelines for appendices in the proposal.
- Guidelines for Grant Application:
Here, some basic guidelines for writing the grant application are given.
- Sample Budget: Here, sample budget
form is given for better understanding.
- Sample Proposal: This page contains
sample proposal for easy understanding.
Grant Proposal Writing Tips
Here are few tips for writing a grant proposal:
- Project should be clearly defined and submitted to the
right funding sources.
- Contact the grantors and get the proposal guidelines and
- Always, add the personnel compensation in the budget
- Structure the proposal with the basic components defined by
the funders. Add clear and concise statements with well-structured
information about the project.
- Follow up the proposal, and contact the funders about the
status, evaluation, and the result of the proposal.
Here are few resources on grant writing tips:
- Grant Proposal Tips: This page
clearly defines many useful tips for writing a successful grant
- Successful Grant Proposal: This
page offers good tips for writing a grant proposal.
- Grantors Expectation: This [age
clearly explains what grantors expect from their applicants.
- Grant Writing: This page gives some
valuable tips with good examples.
- Guidelines: This page clearly
explains the essential guidelines for the successful grant proposal.
- Grant Writing Tips: Here, useful
grant writing tips are given to make the proposal a successful one.
- Grant FAQ: This page lists most
frequently asked questions about grants.
Grant writing is a time-consuming process. A grant proposal is
always awarded to the thoughtful, clear, and concise projects that
really need some funds to achieve its target. A well-planned proposal