APPLYING THE STORYTELLING METHOD
To write a strong needs or problem statement, grantwriters must be especially articulate, persuasive, and thorough without overstating the problem or being overly dramatic. As a journalism major, I learned the “who, what, when, where, why” method of writing a lead paragraph. This approach applies very well to the drafting of the problem or needs statement. A proposal will have successfully described the problem or need if it has answered the following questions:
• Who are the people who have the need or problem?
• Where do the people with the problem or need live?
• When is the problem or need made evident?
• Why does the problem or need occur?
• What is the problem with the problem?
Storytelling for Grantseekers ...