Developing the Grant Proposal Summary

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Developing the Grant Proposal Summary

The proposal summary outlines the proposed project and should appear
at the beginning of the proposal. It could be in the form of a cover
letter or a separate page, but should definitely be brief; no longer
than two or three paragraphs. The summary would be most useful if it
were prepared after the proposal has been developed in order to
encompass all the key summary points necessary to communicate the
objectives of the project.

It is this document that becomes the cornerstone of your proposal,
and the initial impression it gives will be critical to the success of
your venture. In many cases, the summary will be the first part of the
proposal package seen by agency officials and very possibly could be the
only part of the package that is carefully reviewed before the decision
is made to consider the project any further.

The applicant must select a fundable project which can be supported
in view of the local need. Alternatives, in the absence of Federal
support, should be pointed out. The influence of the project both during
and after the project period should be explained. The consequences of
the project as a result of funding should be highlighted.

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