Typically, a grant proposal includes a cover page, a summary, an introduction to the reason for the grant request, a project narrative, an explanation of staffing requirements and a budget, explains The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina College of Arts and Sciences. However, some grantmakers have their own proposal requirements that applicants must follow in lieu of a generic template.
The introduction includes the key elements of the proposal, including a statement of the problem, the purpose of project and a summary of the goals or objectives. The project narrative details the meat of the project, including methods, procedures and outcomes or deliverables. The staffing section details the qualifications and skill sets of personnel who are already in place on the project and the qualifications of any position to be filled. The budget consists of a line-item spreadsheet with an attached narrative that explains every expense, notes The Writing Center.
Grantmakers in certain areas of the country have adopted a grant proposal common application that grantseekers use to simplify the application process. For example, many foundations in the New York metropolitan area accept the New York/New Jersey Area Common Application Form designed by Philanthropy New York and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers.