Summary Sentence Trick for Grant Writers

Wednesday, November 20th 2019. | letter

Summary-Sentence-Trick-for-Grant-Writers Summary Sentence Trick for Grant Writers

 

Summary Sentence Trick for Grant Writers

In order to set your grant proposals apart from the competition, you need to grab the reader’s attention from the start. The summary sentence trick is clever because it combines 7 key elements that funders are looking for in one sentence. This article provides an example and step-by-step guide to creating summary sentences for your suggestions.

Start your application with a killer summary like this:

XYZ University Hospital, America’s latest state-of-the-art facility for aging and health education, is hosting the Health & Elder Care Foundation for a one-day conference that will enhance the skills of Rural Carers in Kansas to help elderly people with cognitive disabilities.

Your summary sentence should appear first in your proposal. It should be the last sentence you write after you have written the other sections of your application.

Follow these two simple steps to create a summary sentence as above.

STEP 1 – Complete these 5 fields for your project.

My agency name is ________________ {agency}.

A unique claim to fame of my agency is that we are _______________ {unique claim}.

For this particular project we expect the sponsor ___________ {expectation}.

We request $ ___________ {budget request} from _________ {funder}.

Our project is a __________ {project}.

The main benefit or result for the donor (not you) for funding this project is __________ {Benefit}.

EXAMPLE

My agency name is the XYZ University Hospital.

A unique name of my agency is that we are America’s latest state-of-the-art facility for aging and health education.

For this particular project, we expect the lender to invest in a one-day conference.

We’re asking the Health and Elder Care Foundation for a $ 8,500 budget request.

Our project is a one-day conference.

The main benefit to the donor in financing this project is to improve the skills of rural carers in Kansas to better serve the elderly with cognitive disabilities.

STEP 2 – Apply your answers to the “Summary sentence” template.

Just take the information you entered in sentences 1 and apply it to the following template.

The summary sentence template follows this sequence …

{Agency}, {unique claim}, {expectation} in {request} from {funder} for {project}, {major benefit}.

EXAMPLE

XYZ Nonprofit {agency}, America’s latest state-of-the-art facility for aging and health education, is inviting the Health & Elder Care Foundation {funder} to invest $ 8,500. in a one-day conference that improves the skills of rural carers in Kansas to better serve the elderly with cognitive disabilities.

Many thanks to Jeremy Miner and Lynn Miner for teaching me this trick.