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Education Grants 101 - Reasons Why Proposals Are not Funded
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Successful grant writing requires concentrated effort and attention to details. Sometimes it's the "small" things that can make a huge impact in whether a grant is approved.
Here are some of the reasons why a proposal may not be funded:
Proposal is poorly written, lacks organization, or is hard
- Applicant has not followed instructions or responded to specific
requests for information.
- Applicant exceeded the specified page limit(s). Consult the
grantor agency if instructions do not specify whether page limits
include resumes, attachments, etc., or if they are in addition
to such items.
- Proposal lacks evidence of coordination with other individuals
and organizations working in the same area.
- Applicant's objectives do not match the objectives of the funding
- Proposal contains too many footnotes and references citing
authorities, which conveys a lack of original thinking.
- Proposal rambles and is unclear, reflecting a plan that is
poorly devised and hastily thought out.
- Applicant did not adequately define the need(s) to be addressed
by the proposal.
- Proposed objectives and activities do not address the identified
- Objectives and activities are weakly stated, vague, or too
- Budget does not relate to the proposed objectives and activities;
budgeted items are not sufficiently justified as necessary and
reasonable for accomplishing the objectives; budget does not
reflect adequate planning to accomplish the proposed objectives
- Budget contains non-allowable expenses.
- Evidence of capability to successfully manage the proposed
project is insufficient
- Evaluation procedures are inadequate and poorly constructed.
- Proposal was not mailed or delivered by the specified deadline
- Proposal was not mailed using an acceptable proof of mailing.