Last Updated: 2009-12-03

Using Maps in Grant Proposals

Maps can visually delineate target areas and provide a location reference for a jurisdiction that is submitting a proposal for funding. These uses are often the extent to which maps are employed in a grant proposal.

However, maps can also depict a variety of data that occur geographically, much of which is often displayed in tabular form.

The advantage of including maps in a grant proposal is that they can have a more emotional impact to the reviewer than do tables. Additionally, data that may take numerous rows to display in a table, forcing the reviewer to read down the rows and refer back and forth between rows for comparison, may be depicted on a single map and viewed simultaneously by the reviewer.

An example of a map that has a more emotional impact than does a table of the same data is a map of the concentration of poverty in the Richmond-Petersburg Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) by Census Block group.

Below is a link to the poverty data in map form. The table is 17 pages long and cumbersome, and the reviewer must spend significant time understanding its implications. However, the map is easy to read and its implications are clearly understood immediately by the reviewer. The map clearly shows where poverty is concentrated in the MSA and to what extent it is concentrated.

GIS Mapping Resources

Map Documents Relevant to Richmond

2000 Census Data

Police Data

Contact Information:

Department of Budget
City of Richmond
900 Broad St., Room 1100
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
Map It
Phone: (804)646-7913
Fax: (804)646-7927

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