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

Mastering Grant Timelines – The “T” in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula

Welcome to our in-depth guide on creating activity timetables for grant proposals.

In our previous discussions of the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula, we explored the importance of narrowing objectives and setting SMART goals. Today, we’ll delve into the “T” of the formula, focusing on the critical aspect of developing clear and organized timelines for your grant activities.

A well-structured timetable not only helps you score higher on grant applications but also serves as a valuable resource once your grant is funded. It ensures that you and your team know what needs to be done, when it should be done, and who is responsible for each task. Additionally, revisiting your project’s specific actions becomes essential after a considerable time has passed since the initial grant application.

The timetable serves as a quick refresher, allowing you to review your project’s timeline and identify immediate action items. Moreover, if you have project coordinators or staff involved, the timetable becomes their go-to reference book for managing the grant effectively.

The timetable is not only helpful for scoring higher on grant applications, but it is also super helpful for YOU when the grant is funded. You will need to know what to do, when to do it, and who will do it

Chances are you’ve already read your grant application roughly a jillion times, but that was probably several months before it was funded! You may have also written even more grants since then, so you need a refresher for what your project will specifically do when the time is right! 

The timetable is a great item to review before you read the entire narrative. This will give your brain a quick refresher and also help you start to task any items that need to happen right away. Furthermore, if you are hiring a project coordinator or staff to run this grant, the timetable will be their ultimate reference book.