I was recently asked my thoughts on how someone considering a grant should approach writing a letter of intent to a potential funder. Below are my thoughts. Please add your own thoughts in the comments.
Do your homework – it’s not about what you want to do, it’s about what the funder wants to support.
- Research their website. Look at what they currently support. Look at who is on their board and see if you can make any connections.
- Give the program officer or foundation representative a call or email. Many are happy to answer initial questions about how your project might fit their goals.
- Dig deeper into past grants by finding news releases, past newsletters, any quotes from program officers or board members, etc.
- Know the exact grant opportunity specifications – does the funder state the average amount and…
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