One of our parameters for taking on a new proposal preparation contract is the due date must be at least 30 calendar days in advance. To those uninitiated about the grant writing process, this may be confusing. However, those with experience preparing proposals understand precisely why. There are many vital components of a competitive grant proposal, and each component takes time. This sample timeline illustrates a typical proposal prep agenda, including regular check-in meetings with all team members to facilitate the collaborative process.