How to Apply for a Grant

Grantseekers are usually asked to submit a brief letter of inquiry (LOI) or concept paper that clearly and concisely describes the project’s aims, its significance, its duration, and the amount of funds required. The document typically should not exceed two pages. At a later date, grantseekers may be asked to submit a full proposal and additional materials. Occasionally, this brief document may be sufficient.

Requests for funds will be reviewed in light of their relation to the foundation’s current program priorities.

Grantseekers are usually asked to keep the following points in mind when preparing a LOI, concept paper, or full proposal:

  • What problem does your project address? Why is this issue significant? How does the project complement other work in the field? What is the relationship of the problem/issue to the foundation’s program, as outlined in guidelines or a request for proposal (RFP)?
  • Who will lead the project? Identify key personnel and attach curricula vitae or resumes.
  • How will your project or activity deal with the stated problem? What do you intend to demonstrate or prove? What means will you use, and what methodology will you apply? If the project is already under way, what have you accomplished so far?
  • What outcomes do you expect for the project, both immediate and long term? How will you determine the success or effectiveness of your work?
  • What strengths and skills does the organization and personnel bring to this project? What makes this organization and principal investigator (PI) the right ones to conduct this project?
  • What is the overall cost of the project? How much are you requesting from the foundation over how long a period? What other sources of support are you pursuing for this project?
  • What plans do you have to disseminate information to the public about your project?
  • If you will need funds to sustain the project after funding has run out, how do you plan to secure this funding?