Grant Writing: 3 Tips for Crafting Need Statements in Federal Grant Proposals

Posted on March 27, 2019 by 

The following tips about crafting a need statement have been adapted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration’s grant writing guide, Tips for Writing and Submitting Good Grant Proposals.

Tip 1:   Address the need that the funding opportunity is intended to fill — not the organization’s need for funding.

Tip 2:   Communicate the organization’s familiarity with addressing the defined need.

Tip 3:   Illustrate the need with a concise but concrete story. 

Each tip is accompanied by an excerpt from an award-winning federal grant proposal. 

The award-winning federal grant proposal can be viewed in full on the website of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Additionally, the IMLS has an excellent collection of proposals that are worthy of review especially for new federal grant applicants.

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