Grant Writing Basics

Some agencies have produced their own guides for writing a proposal. If you know the agency to which you plan to submit a proposal, we highly recommend you consult their guide. Here are some popular proposal guides:

The Foundation Center - Short Proposal Writing Course
NSF - Guide for Proposal Writing    NSF Award Search
National Endowment for the Humanities – Advice on Preparing Your Grant
NIH - Grant Writing Tips Sheet 

         Vertebrate Animal Section advice (VAS)


If you are unsure of your eventual sponsor Getting Started at CSUSB will help you get started until you meet with us. It contains some basic things to think about as you consider developing a grant proposal, suggestions about people you ought to speak with, and a brief outline of the elements of a basic grant proposal.

BASIC TOOLS (Institutional Information)

BASIC TOOLS (Statistical and Demographic Information)

California Department of Education - Data & Statistics

California Department of Education - DataQuest

California Department of Finance Research

California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC)

Easy Analytic Software, Inc.(EASI) - Demographics

Education Data Partnership (Ed-Data)

The University of Michigan's Document Center (M Library)

The White House - Federal Statistics

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service

U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)