Let’s continue to discuss the basic components of a grant proposal. Today let’s consider the narrative. Some funders call this the methods, some the activities, or the project description. Whatever they call it, this component of the proposal should contain a clear description of the activities you plan to conduct to move toward the goals and objectives you have stated.

The narrative should take the reader through the same steps your organization will take to develop and carry out the program or project. The reader should easily see how you are going to accomplish your goal. Using words, timelines, and charts, help them imagine what the program will look like.

Along with the progression of action steps and a timeline, paint them a picture of how the program will look through the eyes of a client. Don’t make the potential funder guess how his or her money will be used to reach their desired result for your clients.

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