Applying for Grants

Proposal Development


Allow plenty of time to develop your ideas and to write the proposal. Larkin and Niki can help with this and with the following:

  • Reviewing and interpreting granting agency guidelines. It often helps to discuss agency guidelines in order to clarify them.
  • Editing narrative text. Having other eyes on the proposal strengthens the clarity of the text.
  • Developing and writing proposal budgets. Unless you have experience with budgets, they can be obscure.  Please take advantage of Larkin and Niki’s experience with foundation and government agency budget requirements.
  • Navigating the internal approval process. All grants are subject to an internal Southwestern University approval process. The internal Southwestern University signature approval form (please link to Routing Process here) must be completed. 
  • Drafting and obtaining letters of support. Many grants require evidence of support from people both within Southwestern and external to the University.
  • Submitting proposals to funding agencies. Sometimes submission is straightforward and easy, other times less so. Larkin and Niki can help with the full range – from dropping the proposal in the mail to the electronic submission systems of government agencies.
Proposal Writing Tips Links