Anyone who has ever prepared a grant application for a nonprofit or for-profit organization would probably tell you that it’s a left-brained process. After all, there is usually a lengthy list of elements and questions that must be addressed in a specified length and a particular order. Given that “order” is one of the left brain’s favorite words, it’s no surprise that the left-brain crowd is adept at gathering all the information and putting it in its proper place.
But the people who view developing grant requests as a wholly left-brained process are missing what separates very effective and memorable grant applications from the ordinary ones.
That something is the right side of the brain....
The key is recognizing that there are also two sides to the way people think, and addressing both of them....
I work very hard to appeal to both sides of the brain. It isn't easy within the given space constraints. Take the YouthBuild grant I'm working on today -- seems like they take more than 20 pages to ask the questions than the
How to do it?
Well, the first place to focus on -- the need section. I try to paint a picture of the need that brings all those statistics alive.
How do you appeal to the right side of the evaluator's brain?
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