Application Tips & Tricks

Keep the abstract concise
Make sure your abstract grabs attention, uses simple language for non-experts, and clearly outlines the goals of your project.

Students: seek out help from faculty and staff.
Faculty and staff: seek out help from students! Projects and proposals can benefit greatly from collaboration.

This should go without saying, but we find typos and grammatical errors all the time! This detracts from the message you are trying to convey in your application.

Whenever possible, quantify the impact of your project. How many students will be affected? How many research projects will come out of this grant?

Apply for outside funds
Demonstrate that you’ve applied for funds elsewhere to show your commitment to your project. This shows our Trustees you really care about the initiative.

Research for budgets
Show that you have done your homework and provide vendors, quantities, and specific dollar amounts for every line-item on your budget. This is especially helpful for getting partial funding.

Double-check your math
Sometimes the math doesn’t add up in an applicant’s budget, which can throw off a Trustee reviewing an application. Look it over several times and ask a friend to review your budget as well.

Practice your pitch
This applies to the presentation portion. The more you practice, the easier it will be to discuss your proposal with Trustees!