Many nonprofit organizations are great at fundraising and soliciting donations, but for whatever reason they have not ventured into sourcing funding from nonprofit grants. When soliciting a nonprofit grant from either a government agency or private foundation, you will need to create a quality grant proposal.
Cover Letter (one page)
Provide a clear, concise overview of the organization, purpose and reason for and amount of the funding request. A Full Proposal includes the following proposal sections: Executive Summary, Introduction (Organizational Background), Problem Statement (Need Statement), Objectives, Methodology, Evaluation, Sustainability, Budget and an Appendix.
Executive Summary (1-2 Pages)
This summary is the most important component of your nonprofit grant proposal. Summarize all of the key information and convince the grantmaker to consider your proposal for funding.
Problem Statement (3-4 Pages)
Statistically document the specific situation, opportunity, problem, issue, and/or need, existing in the community your proposal addresses.
Program Goals and Objectives (1 - 2 pages)
Describe the outcome of the grant in measurable terms; including the proposed project outcome and accomplishments.
Methodology (4 + Pages)
Describe the process to be used to achieve the outcome and accomplishments.
Evaluation (1 - 2 Pages)
Explain how you will measure the effectiveness of your activities.
Sustainability (1-2 Pages)
Determine the long term financing of the program, after the initial funding period has concluded.
Budget Clearly describe costs to be met by the funder and all other funding sources; outline both administrative and program costs.
IRS501(c)(3) letter of tax exemption determination
Your organization's most recent annual report
A list of your Board of Directors and Trustees, their board titles, their contact information, qualifications, and affiliations
Your organization's most recent financial audit (if unavailable, please submit the last two years of financial statements or your most recent Form 990)
A list of foundation, corporate, and major individual support (including givers name, address, amount donated, and date donated) with the amount that was given for the last fiscal year.
A list of foundation, corporate, and major individual donations (including givers name, address, amount donated, and date donated) for the current fiscal year.
A Personnel Chart which shows the employee, their staff position, their work duties, their qualifications, their hours per week, and their yearly salary.
Program or organization brochure
Letters of support and/or recommendation from influential members of the community.