We here at the Office of Grad Studies want you to be as successful as possible and get those EXTERNAL GRANTS!!! But alas, time is limited, and we typically spend most of it making your life miserable during mechanical checks for theses and dissertations.
However, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) can help you bang out winning proposals in eight pages flat (the PDF guide is eight pages…obviously not your actual proposal). They do it “candidly” so get ready for some cold, hard facts… Bam! Bam! Bam! Just like that. Sit down – stay focused and DO NOT CRY. (Remember last time? That river emanating from your sockets short-circuited your laptop.)
The SSRC’s final note is, “Drive it home!” Couldn’t have said it better myself.