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Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals, 4th Edition by Tori O'Neal-McElrath

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Step 10

Writing the Proposal Summary

THE PROPOSAL IS NOW NEARLY COMPLETE. The proposal summary does what its title suggests—it summarizes the entire proposal. In this step grantseekers learn the basics of constructing a solid and compelling summary. Using a worksheet and following examples, grantseekers also write a summary for their own proposals.

Purpose and Content of the Summary

A proposal summary (also referred to as an executive summary) is a clear, one- or two-page abstract of the full proposal. Its purpose is to encapsulate the strongest key elements of the grantseeker’s proposal, which will then lead the funder to engage in reading the full proposal.

All proposals of more than five pages in length should contain a summary, and in most ...

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