This section is often the bulk of a Grant Proposal and requires a great deal of thought, planning, and purposeful writing. The first step is to write a series of objectives to solve “the problem” you identified in the “Statement of Need.” The objectives need to be chronologically ordered and specific. A combination of behavioral, performance, process, and product objectives are recommended.
(If you chose Option 1, your task is to: gather the data from your contact person; organize his or her thoughts on how the Project will proceed once the money is awarded; synthesize the information; and write a coherent and concise description for the Grant Proposal. If you chose
Option 2, it’s more creative writing on your part.)
Then from the project objectives, you need to identify and explain the “day-to-day” activities to implement your organization’s “solution.” Be sure your activity list is comprehensive. For example, if you plan to hire new staff, think through all the issues to get this process done (e.g., advertisement, interviews, background checks, references check, etc.) and the time it will take to complete the hiring process.
You also need to keep in mind two other issues. First, that your objectives are the items to be assessed in the evaluation component of the Grant. Secondly, when you create your budget summary, the individual line items will reflect the costs associated with the activities that are fulfilling the objectives.
Don’t forget to use a timeline table in your Project Description. Whether it’s a Gantt chart or a similar table illustrated in the one of the textbooks, it serves a valuable function to the Grant Maker’s readers.