CFR Toolbox

Section 1: Getting Started

A successful grant proposal is always the result of several combined factors: early preparation, a well written proposal and a concept that falls in line with the funder’s guidelines. More »

Section 2: Proposal Timelines

This section will help you understand the nature of internal and external timelines that will impact your proposal. More »

Section 3: Writing your proposal

This section will provide you with multiple tools to assist you in crafting a quality proposal. Content below provided by Foundation Center.

  • Executive Summary: This first page of the proposal is the most important section of the entire document.
  • The Statement of Need: If the grants decision-maker reads beyond the executive summary, you have successfully piqued his or her interest. Your next task is to build on this initial interest in your project by enabling the funder to understand the problem that the project will remedy.
  • The Project Description: This section of your proposal should have five subsections: objectives, methods, staffing/administration, evaluation, and sustainability.
  • The Budget: The budget for your proposal may be as simple as a one-page statement of projected revenue and expenses.
  • Organizational Information: Provide brief information on how your organization came into existence; its mission, board of directors and provide other supporting documentation such as audited financial statements, IRS determination letter, etc.
  • Letter Proposal: Sometimes the scale of the project might suggest a small-scale letter format proposal.
  • Conclusion: Every proposal should have a concluding paragraph or two.

Section 4: Packaging/Submitting Your Proposal

Your proposal has been carefully crafted and is complete. Taking a few more careful steps can help you present the best possible request to your potential funder. More »