Rural arts and Culture Program
Getting Started

Begin to organize for proposal writing by identifying the who, what, when, where, and why of your project.

WHO are the individuals and/or organizations important to planning, managing, implementing, presenting, evaluating, and participating? Involving the most appropriate individuals and organizations within your community will go far to insure success for your project.

WHAT will you do with this project/activity?

WHEN will things happen? From planning through implementation and evaluation chart out a timeline identifying major activities/events and what will be necessary to accomplish them.

WHERE will project activities occur? What will be necessary to secure (locations, facilities, supplies, equipment, etc.) to effectively accomplish your plan?

WHY are you doing this? What are your reasons for this project - is there a particular need that your project addresses?

Building Your Budget
After a well thought out plan is in place you are ready to develop a project budget. Use your plan to create a financial picture of your project by identifying a realistic value for everything you need. If you had to pay cash for everything to accomplish your project what would it cost? Assign a fair and reasonable value to people's time (even if they will donate it), facilities, supplies, brochures, etc. This will represent the total value of your project and it will be the basis for your grant budget

It is through careful planning and recordkeeping that you will build the narrative description and budget portions of your grant proposal.

Don't hesitate to contact MSU Museum Rural Life & Culture staff for assistance. We are available to help you. We may also be able to refer you to someone more in your area through our partner organizations.

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