Don’t let a proposal leave your office without a good (brutally honest) review by a co-worker, a manager or an outside third-party. Ideally, have them compare your proposal to the scoring matrix provided with the RFP. Find someone not connected with the proposal or any facet of the program’s development. If they can understand your request and your justification, there’s an excellent chance the funder’s review team will understand it too. If you’re constantly explaining certain terms or industry jargon, you probably wrote it too narrowly. You want the proposal to be easily understood by a broad audience.