From The Grantsmanship Center.
Using a sample grant proposal or template is helpful, but you have to use them wisely. They can serve as a great example, but there is no "one size fits all" approach to proposal writing.
When you’re new to grants work, it’s helpful to study samples of winning grant proposals. Assessing examples of grant proposals that won awards can help you gauge the playing field and understand the level of work you must produce to succeed.
But while sample proposals or templates can be useful, they also present real dangers. Like any other tools, using them incorrectly can result in more harm than good. When studying examples of grant proposals from other nonprofits, or when looking at templates nonprofits use to produce grant applications, keep these cautions in mind. Read more here.