Introduction to Proposal Writing Recap

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Thank you to all who attended our “Introduction to Proposal Writing” class.  During this class, we explored the total grant writing process including planning, researching, writing, and follow up.

We looked at some common questions funders ask grant applicants:

  • What specific need are you addressing?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • What is your strategy for making this happen?
  • How will you know if you are successful?
  • Why are you the best organization to do this work?
  • How will this project sustain itself in the long run?

Though the format of a proposal changes from funder to funder, the elements of a proposal stay relatively the same.  They include:

  • Executive Summary – a condensed version of the proposal
  • Statement of Need – the need of your community, backed by statistics
  • Project Description – explaining goals, objectives, methods, evaluation, and sustainability
  • Organization Information
  • Conclusion
  • Budget and Budget Narrative
  • Supporting Materials

For more information, visit the following websites:


NJSL Research Guides – Nonprofit Management:

NJSL Research Guides – Grant Information:

Browse books on grant proposal writing in the New Jersey State Library Catalog.

Couldn’t attend today’s class, watch a recorded version of “Introduction to Proposal Writing” at the following website:

About Leigh Clark

Leigh Clark is the Business & Funding Librarian at the New Jersey State Library Information Center. She regularly assists users with business and funding prospect research. If you have any questions related to business, nonprofits, or grant funding, please contact her at