Proposal Preparation Support
You have a foundation in mind, but want a little help putting your ideas in writing in a way that will catch their interest. Each year, our staff writes hundreds of letters of intent and proposals, presenting all kinds of projects and programs to a variety of funders. Let us share our knowledge with you!
Sitting down to write a letter of intent or proposal and looking for some tips and pointers about how to do it the right way? We have compiled a variety of guidance documents to answer all your questions and provide you with concrete examples to help guide your work.
- Grant Writing Tips – Writing successful proposals is a skill. This document provides a series of tips for effective asks for all sorts of projects and programs.
- How to Find the “Project” In Your Idea – Finding the “Project” in Your Idea: Everyone has ideas. Not everyone knows how to find the “projects” within those ideas that foundations will want to support. This document helps you identify fundable “projects” within your ideas, allowing you to take that next step in approaching potential supporters.
- How to Write a Letter of Intent – A letter of intent (LOI) is often the first step in getting your idea in front of a funder. This form will help you write the most cogent and effective LOI possible.
- The Perfect Proposal Summary – Because many funders get hundreds, or even thousands, of inquiries, the proposal summary may be your best shot at getting their attention and making them want to learn more about your idea. This guidance document will help you write the best possible summary, upping your chance of getting funded.
- Developing a Concept Paper – A concept paper crystallizes your idea and presents it in a way that will be appealing, and easily understandable, to potential funders. This form gives tips and pointers on how to write a high-quality concept paper.
- How to Write an Outreach Grant Proposal ‐ You have an idea for a project or program that will benefit others. Writing an effective proposal for your work requires a special skill set. This document will help you identify your idea’s strongest selling points and craft a proposal that funders will want to support.
Customized Proposal and Content Development Support
Whether it’s another set of eyes to read over your work before you hit “send,” or someone to help you tailor your ideas to fit a particular funder’s guidelines, we are here to help. With many years of grant writing and overall communications experience, Diane Blaszka is our director of Grant Development and Administration. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Partners in the Pre- and Post-Award Processes
Every day, we work with our university-based partners to make sure proposals and gifts are properly processed through the pre- and post-award systems. If you have a question about how to submit a proposal, accept a gift, or access funds you’ve received, please let us know. If we can’t help you, we’ll point you toward someone who can. Also, take a moment to explore the websites of our partner offices to learn about their respective roles and services: