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Proposal Writing Beyond the Basics

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There are many sources of information available to guide you in proposal writing. Just doing a quick search of Proposal Writing on the web yield several results concerning proposal format, proposal templates, proposal software, and proposal sample.

Then, in your search you discover there are several types of proposals including sales, grants, and business. It can be a daunting task to figure out how to write a proposal (the type that you need and be able to utilize this before the RFP/grant is due). If you are finding that your organization needs proposal development assistance, the proper information has to be provided to the Proposal Writer/Manager to help the process along.

How will you know that you could have secured more funds and gotten more done with some outside assistance? 

What is the proposal threshold that your proposal can handle with and without the additional help?

How many more funding opportunities can be pursued if a professional can to help you and my company?

Has the proper relationship been establish RFP/grant release date? 

Have you established partnership or teams to assist you before the grant/RFP release date?

How much time is devoted to researching the client to ensure that proper communication is handled?

 

Your company know about itself does it know about the client. Be sure to request any helpful information as soon as possible.

Other websites can help you with the basics of proposal writing. Your company needs to know what proposal to pursue and which to pass or recommend to others. Helping organization expand grow their staff, and better the community through their work. The basics of proposal writing is not as in depth of what is needed for business development. There are strategies relationship building, and client management.

Reading the basics of proposal writing may lead one think that winning proposal have no errors—-especially grammatical ones.  That has never been true. Focus on what counts in the proposal. Proposal Development is still an art and not exact as science. Having processing in plan can help alleviate the guesswork.

At CTS, we know that your company may want or need proposal development assistance. We provide winning top quality proposals that are compliant and compelling. We simplify the proposal development process to let you work at what your company does best.

 

 

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Stating Your Case to Win RFPs and Grants

Yes, your organization is different. How can you make your client like different and your organization’s version of different? Let’s not get too bogged down in the details. Once you have established that your company may be a great fit for an opportunity, be sure to do more preliminary business development to help create a win for your business.

1) Understand the Clients’ Needs

2) Develop a relationship with the customer

3) Analyze why your firm would want to win this bid

This could involve explaining how helping the client is important to your business.

4) Analyze why your firm could not get this bid

Knowing the competition and how they are different from you should help you state your benefits to the client.

5) Are there other RFPs worth pursuing?

6) Would this change the company’s core client?

7)Would the return of investment be social or financial or both?

8) How much risk is necessary? Is this riskier than other past projects?

These steps and questions will help your company develop a simple pre-RFP plan to determine if this pursuing this RFP or grant is definitely worth it to you and your company.

5 Easy Ways to Find Grants

These days who doesn’t like to get money. This year, I have spoken to several individuals, companies, and organizations who want to increase their bottom-line with grants. There are several types of grants available (e.g. federal,state, and local government grants, corporate, and family foundation).  As long as you know specifically what you are looking for, it is definitely easier to find.

When researching grant opportunities, these five simple steps to locate the funding you need.

1) Determine the list of local grantmakers by creating use of grant funds. 

This may be the most intricate step.  Look for family foundations or local businesses that offer grants. Check your local newspaper and be sure to go online.

2) Contact local grantmakers.

Know if you need to submit an application or a LOI (letter of inquiry).  Also, determine the proposal deadline and the guidelines to the grant proposal.

3) Check with your local library.

Sometimes, your library may offer a grant writing course for no charge. Also, there are references and books available for you to find some great information about the grant proposal process.

4) Read books on grant writing.

There are several books available on grant writing.  I do recommend The Everything of Grant Writing Book: create the perfect proposal to raise the funds you need. 

5) Register with www.grants.gov and other websites.

Taking these few steps can help you to easily locate grants for you, your company, or your non-profit organization.

Happy Proposal Writing!

Creative Technology Solutions is a business development company that assists businesses and non-profits with proposal development/management, grant/RFP proposal writing, and funding research. If you would like assistance with your proposal writing, please be sure to fill out the contact form and provide the details of your project.