Dos & Don’ts of Grant Writing

Grant writing is a crucial aspect of securing funding for your organization or project. However, the process can be intimidating, especially for those who are new to it. To help you navigate the grant writing process, here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind:


  • Research potential funding sources before you start writing. Make sure the organization aligns with your mission and goals, and that the grant you’re applying for is a good fit for your project.
  • Tailor your proposal to the specific guidelines and requirements of the grant. Pay attention to details like word count, formatting, and deadlines.
  • Be clear and concise in your writing. Use simple, easy-to-understand language and avoid jargon.
  • Show how your project will make a positive impact in the community, and how it aligns with the funder’s mission and goals.
  • Use specific, measurable goals and objectives for your project and show how you will track and evaluate progress.
  • Use evidence to support your claims and budget proposal.
  • Proofread and edit your proposal thoroughly before submitting it.


  • Submit a generic proposal that could be used for any funding source.
  • Ignore the guidelines and requirements set forth by the funder.
  • Use overly technical language that may be difficult for the reader to understand.
  • Make unrealistic or exaggerated claims about your project.
  • Forget to include a budget proposal and a plan for how you will use the funding.
  • Miss the deadline for submitting your proposal.

In conclusion, grant writing takes time, effort and research, but with the right approach, you can increase your chances of success. Remember to follow the guidelines, be clear and concise, and demonstrate the impact of your project in the community. Be sure to proofread and edit your proposal before submitting it, and don’t hesitate to seek help from grant writing professional if you need it. Good luck!

If you or your organization need grants support from an expert, reach out to The Empowerment Center.

Published by The Empowerment Center LLC

We are a business empowerment consulting firm located in Cleveland, Ohio. We provide economic empowerment services to nonprofit and public sector businesses to include grant writing, development and consulting.

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