Questions to Consider
Following are questions that may help you organize your thoughts to make a clearer, more thoughtful grant proposal.
- Is the proposal a critical priority for the organization?
- Is the proposal consonant with the mission and objectives of the Trust?
- How important to society is the problem being addressed? Is it local in nature or is it wider in scope?
- How does the project compare with and build upon related programs or initiatives of the organization?
- Does it get at root causes of the problem rather than dealing with symptoms? Will it solve or prevent a significant problem?
- Are there elements of creativity and innovation?
- Are the goals well-defined and will achievement be measurable? Who and how many will benefit?
- Will the solution produce impact or a multiplier effect on others?
- Is the anticipated benefit commensurate with the cost?
- How is the proposal rated by others who are qualified to judge?
- Are they qualified for and capable of accomplishing what is proposed? What is their track record and/or potential?
- Is there a critical mass of persons for getting the job done?
- Are people with needed skills available to you?
- How are they regarded by others who are able to judge?
- Does it have a clear and important mission?
- What are its distinctive features or outstanding characteristics?
- Is the Board of Directors strong, knowledgeable, and committed to the project?
- Is the operating leadership able, dedicated, and energetic?
- Is it well-supported and administered?
- How is it regarded by others who are able to judge?
- Is it carefully thought-out and organized?
- Is it sensible and realistic?
- Does it proceed directly to the heart of the matter?
- If a departure from orthodoxy, is it well-reasoned?
- Does it effectively and efficiently make use of resources?
- Have possible obstacles and plans to address them been foreseen?
- Do other donors or review agencies have to act first? Is the proposal premature?
- What is the opinion of others who are able to judge?
- How will accomplishments be evaluated qualitatively and/or quantitatively?
- What use will be made of results?
- Will results be disseminated? How? What effects might be anticipated?
- Is the budget appropriate, cost-effective, and commensurate with needs?
- What internal support is being offered?
- What other external support is available and has been and is being sought? Is the fund-raising plan well-reasoned and likely to succeed and to sustain the project?
- Are other sources of funds more appropriate or possibly available?
- What is the potential for generating other funding and attaining increased self-sufficiency?
- Is the request for picking up lost support or for filling a gap between other funding?
- Has the granting organization made other grants to this organization? If so, what were the results?
- Is this such a special situation as to call for suspension of any of the granting organization guidelines?