1. Do you have a compelling idea?
2. Do you truly need the funding and can you explain why?
3. Do you have the organization skills to write the proposal?
4. Does the staff have the skills and willingness to carry out the project?
5. Do you have stakeholder buy-in?
6. Do you have the ability to write in clear, simple, convincing terms?
7. Do you have an elevator pitch: Can you express your basic idea in one sentence?