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Proposal Writing is an Art

The basic components of a grant proposal are the same regardless of the funding agency or foundation. However, style varies widely. Federal and state funding agencies have specific requirements. Writing in the sciences is different from writing in the humanities or social scienes.  The following links are very useful guides to the various requirements and styles necessary to securing funding in a particular discipline.

Sample Federal Proposals
Miner and Associates has compiled sample grant proposals to the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and others.
National Science Foundation Guide to Proposal Writing
The ultimate resource when writing proposals for National Science Foundation Funding
Environmental Protection Agency Grantwriting Tutorial
What you need to know when writing proposals for the Environmental Protection Agency
The Art of Writing Proposals
Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions Published on: Jan 07, 2004
Proposal Writing Short Course
This short course from the Foundation Center addresses the essentials of proposal writing.