January 14, 2010 6:00 PM Subscribe
How much can I cut-and-paste from last year's grant proposals?
posted by futureisunwritten to work & money (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I work at a small heritage sector NPO that runs a historic site. It's my job to apply for operating and programming grants, as well as getting the funding to hire summer staff. I didn't work here this time last year, so this is my first time applying for these particular grants. I'm in eastern Canada, FWIW.
Our organization applies for these grants annually and their applications are almost always successful. One of our board members is going to sit down and go over the applications with me before they're due, so that's a big weight off for me.
I have copies of previous years' applications and have been using them as a reference. So how much can I pillage from those? They follow a pretty straightforward format and a lot of the sections on the applications (ie. job descriptions for summer staff) do not really change from year to year. Is it acceptable to just cut-and-paste from parts of previous (successful) applications and edit a bit?