That is not a question that a grant writer wants the grant readers to be asking. It’s important to cite sources of data and research and do it using the proper format. Yes, readers care about the sources, and they care that the grant writer takes the time to properly record the source material for facts and resources that are presented.
There are different ways to cite different materials and sources so it’s valuable to have a resource for finding the proper format. I did a quick Google search in researching this post and I came up with a very nice table giving formats for everything from books to online sources. The article by Steve Volk of Oberlin College provides a nice compilation of citation styles and there is even a link in the article to another online source.
Here are some good reasons why citing sources adds authority to grant writing:
- It helps the reader connect to the grant narrative, especially if they hold the source/research author in high esteem (so be sure to use the best sources).
- It helps the grant reader see that the program plan is based on research and not a pipe dream.
- It helps the reader understand that the design is based on the most current research.
By: Derek Link, Non-profit Consultant and Expert Grant Writer
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