Proposal Toolkit


Section 5: Narrative

Narrative refers to the descriptive portion of the grant.  It should include any sections that the funding entity requests.  The sections and names given to them may vary according to the desires of various funders.  Some or all of the following may be included:

The most important rule is to be aware of what the funding entity requests in the Request for Proposal (RFP).  Read any published guidelines thoroughly to make certain that your grant request is not disqualified due to missing one vital piece of information.  Usually federal and state grants have a program officer who may be contacted to clarify outstanding questions.  However, there is a published deadline to submit questions.  After that time, the program officer will not answer additional questions.  Frequently, an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document is published with all the questions asked by competitors listed and answered.

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