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Debbie Rock’s Tips for Grant-writing Success

grant-writing-tipsTo increase the odds of success in scoring federal grants and funding, Debbie Rock, Executive Director of the AIA project LIGHT, Health and Wellness Comprehensive Services, Inc. in Baltimore, MD, has some cogent advice that was featured in the March edition of the CD Publication’s Community Health Funding Report.

Ms. Rock’s “tried and true” tips included:

  • Understand what an Request For Proposal (RFP) is really asking for;
  • Make sure your organization’s mission matches the priorities of the funder;
  • Stick to the RFP’s guidelines;
  • Avoid trying to make a project fit a grant’s objectives if there’s a mismatch;
  • Seek out demonstration grants, which allow more flexibility in how funds are spent;
  • Don’t wait for the RFP to be released; use previous years’ RFPs as a guideline and begin assembling the basics;
  • Use college interns or volunteers to help research statistics and write the technical components of the grant proposal;
  • Develop a grant writing team to strengthen your proposal; and
  • Always, always, always be out there networking, making connections and finding opportunities!

To learn about LIGHT, Health and Wellness Comprehensive Services, Inc.’s AIA project, visit our website directory and our Change Agents blog post.


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