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Top Tech Tools to Perfect Your Grant Proposal


The key quality to working as a Grant Professional is the ability to write an effective grant proposal. Any tool built to hone your proposal writing skills can help support your proposal, and play an integral role in advancing the mission of the organization in need.

 

Luckily, technology is on the side of modern proposal writing. As a Grant Professional, you have proven success in being awarded grants, which speaks volumes toward your grant proposal writing already. Today's technological tools however, can help you write your next proposal even more effectively and efficiently.
 
Here are a few tools to help you succeed in your next grant proposal:
 

1. Mind Mapping 
Before you begin writing your proposal, you're sure to have plenty of ideas on defining the changes you aim to achieve, how you want to form this argument, and the resources that support your mission. One of the best ways to visualize your proposal and organize your document is to first produce a mind map. A mind map is an easy way to brainstorm thoughts organically without worrying about order and structure. It allows you to visually structure your ideas around a central concept. Tools like Mindnode, Mindmeister, or Scapple facilitate your writing process by outlining your proposal before you even begin writing.
 

2. Distraction-Free Writing 
Once you begin the writing process, it's easy to let your mind wander or find distractions. Web apps like SelfControl, StayFocusd, and Cold Turkey will allow you to block access to any of your online distractions like certain websites, email, or other apps. This way, you can stay focused on your proposal, and use your time as efficiently as possible.
 

3. Proofreading 
When you've completed your first draft, it's always important to read it through for grammatical or spelling errors. If you're self-editing, try utilizing a resource like Grammarly or Hemingway, which can help to identify any mistakes you might miss on your own. If you've already converted your proposal to PDF format, the GoodReader app will allow you to make edits to the file with ease.
 

4. Time Management 
As a Grant Professional, it's likely that you have numerous projects on your plate at any given time. From crafting effective proposals, designing effective programs, managing grant-funded projects, and developing the organization as a whole, it can be difficult to effectively manage your time. While writing, managing your time to write as efficiently as possible is important. Many writers utilize the Pomodoro technique of writing in 25-minute intervals with a short break in between. There are plenty of timers online specific to this technique, so try one out the next time you write a proposal.  
 
What technology tools have you found help your proposal writing? Let us know in the comments below!
 
Amanda Peterson is a contributor to Enlightened Digital and software engineer from the one, the only New York City. When she's not trying to find the best record store in the city, you can find her curling up to watch some Netflix with her Puggle, Hendrix.

GPC Competency: 0.4 Effective Grant Applications

 

Comments

 
By: Mary
On: 01/04/2019 19:19:44
Great tips! I haven't tried out any of the mind mapping tools, so I will look into those. Another program I love is Notion. I use it to organize my entire life - personal and professional!
 
By: Wendy Betts
On: 01/08/2019 19:19:43
Smartsheet for organizing large and complex projects.
 
By: Bryan
On: 01/17/2019 10:15:10
Most of these seem to require IOs. Any suggestions for android or windows based apps?

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