The staff of Writing Grants has turned to a wide range of different foundations to augment and subsidize resources needed to complete projects not fully supported by or fundable through traditional government funding sources. In each of these cases, this additional funding support has allowed what may have otherwise been an inadequately provisioned project to produce significantly positive outcomes.
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Thousands of foundations throughout the world provide
Foundations fund a wide range of cultural, social, economic, and other activities that may be deemed by the foundation to be of critical priority or importance. These priorities include: education, international development, strengthening democracy, important issues facing a nation's citizens, the arts, heritage, health, and other areas.
Some foundations may be national or regional in priorities and programs. Regional foundations will state that only projects within a given geographic region may be considered for funding. Foundations may also include preferences, such as the desire to fund studies, which not only add significantly to knowledge about a specific problem or condition, but also show promise of influencing policies impacting the specific problem.
Foundations typically fund tax-exempt organizations (e.g., non-profit organizations) and/or individuals, such as grants to faculty members, artists, research scientists, and students.
Each foundation has specific priorities, amounts of grant awards, categories of eligible applicants, guidelines, and processes for submitting grant requests.
The following identifies the general guidelines many foundations follow:
Letter of Inquiry
An applicant may first be required to submit a letter asking if funds are available for a specific project. The foundation determines if the proposed project fits the foundation's guidelines:
Once the letter has been reviewed, the foundation may invite the applicant to submit a proposal based upon specific guidelines.
Some foundations may fund different types of grant requests:
Discretionary grants of a small amount (e.g., $15,000). Discretionary grant proposals are typically evaluated by a foundation's staff and awarded at the "discretion" of the foundation's president.
Small grants (e.g., $25,000).
Large grants (e.g., over $25,000).
Small grants and large grants will require that guidelines be followed in developing the grant proposal. While there may be differences in guidelines for small and large grants, the requirement will typically include:
An Executive Summary (typically 1 to 2 pages), which summarize the proposal.
A Proposal (10 to 20 pages in length), which includes:
In addition, an applicant may be required to submit the following documentation:
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