Here’s an idea very few grant seekers take advantage of: look at other organizations’ proposals. Many federal agencies post successful proposals online (they’re public documents after all). Visit the federal websites with the grants you’re interested in and download a few proposals from previous cycles. Take a look at everything: see how they’re formatted, how the applicant responded to the questions and addressed the department’s priorities, what types of tables, graphs and illustrations they used, did they use footnotes or not—check out every detail to see what you can learn. There’s no crime (or shame) looking at other people’s work. Don’t plagiarize! Review the most recent funding cycle of whatever grant you’re looking for. Priorities change every couple years. If you go too far back, the proposals might not reflect the department’s current focus and won’t be as useful to you.