Thouroughly Read Guidelines

Get to Know Your Funder

Conduct thorough research to learn more about the funder's program priorities and the kinds of projects they fund and which have been funded previously. Determine how much they will invest in your project; again look to past funding received by others – which can be found on the 990s or the Foundation Online Directory. Identify budget requirements and whether or not the funding is for one or more years. Get to know the funder's program officer or key contact person. You will need his or her help to determine whether your project is a good fit for their organization and to answer questions that you may have as you develop your proposal.

In a Request for Proposal (RFP), a Request for Quote (RFQ), or a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), guidelines can be very detailed with specific forms accompanying the proposal text. Within the guidelines you will find instructions providing guidance on things such as page limits and/or length, typography size and/or font, title length, and supporting documents that are required.

Grant Officers Can Help

As part of the support provided, we encourage all Primary Investigators (PIs)/Project Leads to forward the link to the RFP/RFQ/FOA, and we can assist in summarizing and outlining the key areas of the guidelines that must be addressed in your proposal.

Typical Proposals Include