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Guides for Writing Grant Proposals
Similar to applying to a potential employer, it is helpful to think about how you will present your request for funds. What is the grant-funding institution looking for? Who have they funded recently? When is the application period? What types of projects did they fund with a large amount or smaller amount? The resources below have in-depth information about this process and how to write a compelling proposal.
Grant Application Letters
The terms letter of inquiry (LOI) and letter of interest are used interchangeably, but many private foundations prefer and ask for an LOI before you submit a larger request in the form of a proposal or application form.
Be sure to include the following sections in your LOI:
- Introduction, including a brief summary of your project or need
- Description of your organization or your credentials and work
- Statement of need, including total budget numbers
- How the funds will be applied to the project or need
- Any other funding sources you may have
- Request to submit a proposal
Tips for Writing Grant Applications
- Write one strong summary to reuse in various applications for information about your organization, work or project.
- Always be writing, always be applying! It increases your likelihood of getting funded.
- Venture into other fields for societies, associations or institutions that fund interdisciplinary projects.
- Work with someone who shares a related interest in your project.
- Integrate grant searching and writing into your regular professional research practice.
- ALWAYS ask beforehand if you may list someone as a reference.
- Ask a colleague to review your application, but don't overuse your request. Cultivate more people who are aware of your work.
- Attend conferences and network! It pays off to circulate your work for feedback and potential connections as reviewers.