Grant Writing Tip - Understanding the Review Process

Understanding the Review Process

  • Each fund source has its own review process.
  • Federal agencies generally use external panelists to review proposals.
  • State agencies generally use staff as external panelists to review proposals.
  • Panelists are given a proposal rating sheet, and are instructed to assign points based on how well each of the review criteria are met.  Many federal agencies now assign point values to different parts of the applications, to denote their weight in the review process.
  • Foundations generally rely on staff to make review decisions.
  • The evaluation criteria used by the reviewers can sometimes dictate the proposal framework or format. However, if the format is specified in the announcement, follow it exactly.

Special Tip:

Have someone, not affiliated with your organizations, review your proposal; make revisions based upon that feedback.