Dr. Beaubien also placed a lot of faith in what she called the I-form method of writing essays. At the top of the “I” was an intro paragraph followed by three topic paragraphs followed by a closing paragraph. Nice, neat, and organized is how Dr. Beaubien liked her classroom and that’s how she liked our essays.
It’s quite possible that Dr. Beaubien is the person responsible for making me a grant writer. I learned early on the importance of a good outline for writing. Grants lend themselves well to developing an outline; although regretfully, I’ve never come across a five paragraph grant narrative.
The first thing I do when writing a grant is to make an outline of the narrative and add comments and key terms I want to use in the writing. I gather this from a close inspection of the request for application (rfa).
Outlines are a good idea for these reasons:
- A grant outline ensures that you follow the rfa or rfp guidelines.
- A grant outline helps you sort out your thinking about what you need to gather to write the grant.
- A grant outline ensures that you see the big picture so that your narrative all ties together neatly in the end.
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This post was written by non-profit consultant and expert grant writer, Derek Link.