In the business world, grant proposals are common things about people all the time are talking. Governments of different countries including U.S government, a number of specific projects with millions of dollars are offered to individuals, firms and organizations. The funding for different projects offered by government is termed as grant and the offer is called a proposal. Organizations, non-profit organizations, education related facilities and charitable organizations are eligible to get grants. If any organization wants to get the grants they have to go through a formal request procedure known as writing a grant proposal letter and the request itself is grant proposal. For the submission of grant proposal there are a number of ways such as organization application forms or full grant proposals.
Requirements for creating a grant proposal
The request for proposal document is designed to get services and offers from different vendors. There is no hard and fast rule of preparing REP as it varies according to situations. In a REP you should include the main purpose of the proposal, general information about the organization that usually includes the size, numbers of branches, plans of expansions if any and number of employees etc. The length of REP can vary from one page to several pages and both have its own benefits. When requesting for proposals are issued by organizations, other companies then check the details of REP and if they find out it beneficial for their company and stakeholders they then try to prepare an effective grant proposal.
Here is preview of a free Grant Proposal Template created using Microsoft Word 2010,
How to prepare an effective grant proposal
A grant proposal includes a set of important components.
- Grant proposals need to have a concise cover letter that can summarize all the important information and purpose. Cover letter includes personal information of the applicant (here applicant is a company or an organization), the procedure of using money and convincing information that you are a good fit for getting this grant.
- After covering letter, applicants need to include an impressing body of the proposal. the body of the proposal is usually in detail that provides an assessment of the company’s needs by the applicant, major goals that the company wants to achieve from fundings, a detailed and clear outline of the entire proposed program, information regarding the utilization of money, measurement methods or means for achieving goals and an estimated timeline for completing the proposal.
- The body of grant proposal also needs to include certain information for the knowledge of the requestor such as the number and quality of the key staff, summaries of their past performance in any project, financial status of the company and an overview of required budget.
Writing successful grant proposals are not big deals however, applicants should understand the criteria of a request for proposal issued by the agency and should write grant proposal in accordance. Never provide unnecessary information as they will conceal the main points as well as avoid providing fake information because sometimes RFP agencies send their inquiry teams to companies before the approval of the grant.
Here is download link for this Grant Proposal Template,