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Grant Writing

The pages below contain tips and suggestions that will help you.  We recommend reading them when you first start to think about writing a proposal. 

What are private foundations looking for in a proposal?

Each foundation has a different mission and supports projects that will help them looks for different things and chances are each foundation has their own application. However, if a foundation does not set specific requirements, here is a list of points to focus on. 

Guidelines for a Letter Of Intent (LOI)

Basic guidelines and tips for writing an LOI.

Basic components of a proposal

Proposals should have these basic elements, unless the funder specifies otherwise. The Social Science Research Council has written an exemplary guide on creating a compelling narrative within your proposal. To access the PDF, click here.  

Approvals and budgeting

Important information about gaining departmental support and information on budgeting.