From Sara Terry, photographer, grant-writer, and Aftermath Project founder:

“I think one of the best tips ever given to me as a writer was: If you have just been to an event, or if something just happened, and you picked up the phone and called your grandmother, what’s the first thing you would tell her about what you just saw? You’re not writing for Congressmen or bankers. You want to be able to communicate in a clear and dynamic way to someone you care about. That’s an amazing writing tip, in terms of keeping [applications] conversational, intelligible, dynamic and human.

“You don’t want to quote a Doctors Without Borders report for the first couple of paragraphs. You might cite reports and statistics. But a really well-written, successful grant application—at least for the types of grants we’re talking about—just has a compelling conversational quality to it. Not an academic quality.”

See: How to Win Grants That Support Your Photo Project

Related:
Secrets to Successful Grant Writing: Mary F. Calvert
Danielle Villasana’s Advice on Applying for Grants and Awards


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