Grant Writing Musts
Beyond the basics, you will most likely need to create and prepare the following:
1. Cover Letter - Keep it short and to the point. One page is usually enough and state that you are enclosing a grant and name the grant program you are applying for.
2. Non-Profit Identification Summary - Here list the name, address, email, website link, telephone number, and fax numbers of your non-profit. You should offer a contact person and a brief overview of the non-profit.
3. Grant Proposal - This should also be one page and includes a summary of your grant proposal. You will need to include total funds requested, a budget, and any matching or donated funds.
4. Proposal - This should be the bulk of your grant that defines, outlines, and proposes your grant need.
5. Organization - This document should clearly outline who you are, how long you've been in business, who you serve, what you have achieved as well as what part of your community will benefit from the grantor.
6. Need - Clearly outline why you need the money. List problems, project, and solutions and tell the grantor how by receiving funding you can make a difference.
7. Objectives - What are the objectives of the non-profit? What will change if you receive grant money?
8. Documentation and Criteria - Explain the project or problem and tell the grantor how you will achieve success, be able to document it and what criteria will you use for the documentation process?
9. Budget & Financials - You should include as exhibits, budgets and audited financial statements for your non-profit. Most grantors will want audited financials versus your own bookkeeping financials. Audited financials tell the grantor that you allowed an independent party evaluate the finances of your non-profit.
10. Other Exhibits - If the grant you are seeking is for a design of a product, building, or program, include brochures or architectural designs for the grantor to review. Include other information you feel would help you succeed in obtaining the grant.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting offers great grant writing tips for non-profits to help you get started. You can also download and print some Grant Writing Tips from our Media Gallery. Finally, when researching a grant for your non-profit, find out who has received the grant in the past. Contact that non-profit and ask if they will give you a copy of the grant they submitted to use as a guide. As long as the non-profit is not your direct competitor, you may be successful in obtaining an already established funded grant proposal.