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Grant Writing Tips

The Nonprofit Times published these helpful grant writing tips. Print them off and read them before you start your next grant application.

· Do your homework. Pay close attention to the guidelines, policies, and procedures. Don't try to "fit" your organization or program into the guidelines simply to obtain funding.

· Keep it simple. Be concise in all correspondence, particularly the cover letter. Make it a maximum of three pages, and summarize the organization, the purpose of the request, and other pertinent information.

· Be Relevant. Demonstrate how organization or project benefits the company -- do not approach simply on the basis of being a customer of the company.

· Be accountable. Think scope and impact -- and be honest. Quantify, and tie the project to specific targets and dates. Provide a cost-benefit analysis.

· Writing matters. Funders receive a significant number of requests. Make it an easy read for them. Proposals should be organized, well-written, and grammatically correct.

· Proof read. Are all required items addressed and space limits met? Other common errors: sent to right person/address but wrong company name, or a recipient no longer with the company.

· Be patient. Do not call the day after the proposal is submitted. Due to the significant volume of requests, particularly for corporate foundations, it will require time to manage.

· Trust the application process. Going outside the application process to get a proposal considered will eventually come back to haunt you.

· Take each year as if it is the first. Past funding is no guarantee of future support.

· Be a friend to the environment. Send one copy unless told otherwise. No three-ring binders. Send videotapes only if necessary. 

Grants for Municipalities


I write to make you aware of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the next round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER FY2015) Grant Program. $500 million is available for grants in this round of TIGER.


The NOFA can be found on our website: www.dot.gov/TIGER starting at 12:30 p.m. today, as well as information on upcoming planned, informational webinars about applying for a TIGER grant this year.  


Please note the following:


·         Pre-applications are required for this round of TIGER.

·         Deadline for Pre-applications: May 4, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. EDT.

·         Date for Grants.gov to Begin Receiving Applications: May 5, 2015.

·         Deadline for Final Applications: June 5, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. EDT.


Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions,

Michael L. Daley

Associate Director for Governmental Affairs

U.S. Department of Transportation

Office of the Secretary

1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, W85-119

Washington, DC 20590