I wouldn't blame anyone for spending more time by the lake than the
computer, but in case you're working on your grant proposal, here's a couple of
tips to keep in mind:
- Please try to minimize or avoid the use of acronyms. There are no
character limits to inhibit you, so err on the side of clarity. For Trust
staff and Board members that will be reading about 31 organizations, an alphabet
soup of organizations and programs will merely dilute your identity and make you
- Omit superlatives (see my earlier post); state facts, figures, and awards
with specificity, rather than "...thousands
- Remember to update your Board list and your demographic info.
- Complete your IL Cultural Data Project in plenty of time so that it can be
reviewed by the Help Desk at CDP. Please try to give accurate information
regarding participation figures because it will be used as a baseline and
if you're guessing wildly or overestimating (we marched in a parade..." it will
be very hard to measure incremental growth.
- If your fiscal year ends June 30, we understand that you
may not have your audit completed by Sept. 15; however, we will need to have it
by Dec. 15, 2011, so that it can be reviewed before the final vote by our
Board in January.