Proposal Basics

PROPOSAL BASICS Some foundation grant makers will provide specific guidelines to follow in completing their application process. Anytime a foundation provides guidelines addressing the information to send in an application, applicants should follow the guidelines. As a result of following each foundation’s guidelines, grant proposals or applications will vary in length. Generally, larger foundations will […]

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Letter Proposal

LETTER PROPOSAL As part of the required application process, a foundation may ask applicants to send a Letter Proposal instead of the Standard Proposal. Click here to learn about Proposal Basics. It is recommended the Letter Proposal be kept to one page in length. And, like the Cover Letter and Letter of Intent, the Letter […]

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Letter of Intent

LETTER OF INTENT A foundation will often require as a first step in the application process that the applicant send a Letter of Intent. The foundation will review the Letter of Intent and invite an application or full proposal based upon the review. Letters of Intent are often the first contact an applicant will have […]

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Cover Letter

COVER LETTER The Cover Letter serves to introduce the applicant’s proposal. It is a one-page letter written on the organization’s stationery. The purpose of the Cover Letter is to present information about the organization and project, and to present it in a compelling fashion to get the interest of the foundation. The Cover Letter is […]

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Common Grant Applications

COMMON GRANT APPLICATIONS Some groups of grant makers have developed common grant applications. The common grant application format allows grant applicants to save time by producing a single proposal for a specific community of funders. To learn more about foundation applications, visit the web sites of some of the organizations using common grant applications: Associated […]

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Budgets

BUDGETS Applicants will submit a line-item, detailed, project budget along with the Standard Proposal. It is recommended that applicants prepare the budget before writing the narrative section of the proposal. Applicants will need the budget information in order to write the Budget Section of the narrative where it is intended that applicants will summarize the […]

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Appendices

APPENDICES A Standard Proposal will be accompanied by four documents included as Appendices: A List of Governing Board Members A Copy of the Organization’s Tax-Exempt Verification Letter A Copy of the Organization’s Most Recent Audited Financial Statement Project Budget   Limit attachments to those listed above unless the foundation has other requirements. New organizations are […]

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