Your proposal will be your first and perhaps only contact with the individuals who will be making a decision about your application. Ask yourself the following questions in preparing the final draft:
- Do I describe my project in a manner that demonstrates how it meets the goals of the funding organization or agency?
- Do I describe myself in a way that fits the criteria the organization or agency set forth as characteristic of a successful applicant?
- Will an educated lay person be able to understand my project?
- Will the reader know that I truly care about this project? Have I answered the "so what" question?
- Do I lead my reader through the document in a manner that will make it easy for him or her to follow? Have I eliminated truly extraneous material? In many cases, readers will be asked to consider 25 or 30 proposals in a short amount of time. How would my proposal stand up to that test if it were number 30?
- Is my proposal free of all typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors? (Have your proposal proofread by at least two people who know nothing about the subject.)