Resources for Proposal Writing
Letter of Inquiry Content and Format
What is the Need or Problem Why are you requesting a grant?
Introduction/Background Who are you/What is your organization’s mission?
Goals/Objectives What are you going to do?
Methodology How are you going to do it?
Evaluation/Outcomes How will you know that you have done it?
Qualifications/External Validation Why are you qualified to do it?
Fundraising/Other Support What is the cost, who else is supporting this work?
Examples of Online Letter of Inquiry Forms
Private Foundation in New York City requests the following information in a 700-word project description.
Describe your program or project, including whether it is new, existing, or an expansion of current programming/activities
Describe your track record of achievement
Indicate the number of people or organizations that will directly benefit from the work or services
The results/outcomes you anticipate being able to achieve for those you serve
How those results align with the results the Foundation seeks as articulated in our guidelines
A National Foundation requests the following information in an online form; each narrative section has a character limit.
|Specific Purpose - Clearly state how the requested funds will be used||(400 character limit)|
|Introduction - Briefly describe the organization, its mission, and achievements||(1,500 character limit)|
|Problems, Objectives, and Methods - Briefly describe the need/problem and means to accomplish the desired outcome.||(1,500 character limit)|
|Timing - Time frame of the project, current status, and estimated completion date.||(400 character limit)|
|Cost and Financing - Provide a detailed listing/cost breakdown of the essential elements of the project.||(1,200 characters)|
|List sources and amounts of funds obtained for this project.||(1,500 character limit)|
|Will this project be self-supporting? If so, how and when?||(350 character limit)|
|Assessment - Explain how the desired outcome of the project/program will be accomplished.||(900 character limit)|
A National Foundation supporting science research requests the following information:
|Project Summary||(7,000 characters)|
|Aims of Research||(2,000 characters)|
|Proof of Concept, Preliminary Results, or Related Work||(2,000 characters)|
|What makes this investigation unique or innovative||(6,500 characters)|
|Is the project high risk/high reward?||(1,500 characters)|