The G in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula

Introducing the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula – Your Key to Writing Efficient Grants

Are you ready to revolutionize your grant writing process?

Look no further than the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula, a proven framework designed to enhance your grant writing skills and create a competitive grant structure. Developed to address the challenges faced by grant writers, this formula will guide you from a blank page to a well-structured grant proposal in no time.

Let’s dive into the details of the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula, starting with the “G” – Get the FOA or RFP and Use it as a Template.

A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), or Request for Proposal (RFP), provides essential information on how funding agencies want grant applications to be written. Each FOA or RFP is unique, with its own set of requirements and guidelines.

By thoroughly reading and understanding the FOA or RFP, you can use its criteria as headers in your grant application, ensuring alignment with the funding agency’s expectations.

This will get you over the ‘blank staring at a screen’ that many beginner grant writers find themselves.

During this initial step, you’ll familiarize yourself with the mission, eligibility criteria, deadlines, technical requirements, and sections to be addressed in the grant application. Additionally, you’ll have access to scoring criteria and contact information for any clarifications.

I’ve received many emails from people saying that they’re struggling with the learning process of writing grants and gaining experience with grant writing. This formula will help you achieve exactly that! It will also help you go from staring at a blank page and being overwhelmed, to having a draft developed in no time at all!

Let’s get into some of those tricks with our “G” from the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula.

“G” – Get the FOA or RFP and Use it as a Template

Here are the steps for the first letter in my formula:

  1. Read the entire FOA or RFP (Yes, I did need to write that )
  2. Every grant is different! Remember this!
  3. Keep all the items that are requested by the FOA or RFP and use the criteria as headers in your application. If it is a federal grant, use the scoring criteria (usually towards the back) as the framework for ALL your headers.

Just what the heck is an FOA, you may be asking?

FOA stands for “Funding Opportunity Announcement”. This is general lingo with federal grants, but other terms also include “Request For Proposal” (RFP) or “Request For Application” (RFA).

Yes, as a grant writer you’ll be able to wrap yourself in a blanket of acronyms.