California Arts Council

State of California

Grant Writing Tips

TIP 1: Familiarize yourself with and create your account early.

TIP 2: Be specific and be clear. Successful proposals are tailored to grant program requirements and goals.

TIP 3: Align your project narrative and your budget, and make sure your budget fulfills the matching requirements.

TIP 4: Balance ambition with practicality.

TIP 5: Balance jargon with field-wide knowledge and readability.

TIP 6: Prepare your narrative in a word processing application (MS Word or Google docs). Spell/grammar check and please proofread!

TIP 7: Allow enough time to get letters of support, compile work samples, and complete the DataArts Profile.

TIP 8: Know that we want you to succeed! Contact us after you’ve read the program guidelines.