Alex Gomory

Money for your nonprofit: Writing a grant proposal

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Alex Gomory

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a teenager, a parent, a business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, or a nonprofit organization: money can be difficult to come by these days. Even in times of economic prosperity, many nonprofit organizations have to fight in order to maintain a steady flow of funding.

While most nonprofits find funding from a variety of sources, one of the staples of charitable support comes in the form of grants. Consequently, nonprofit professionals should be well versed in crafting and compiling well-written grant proposals.

Whether you’re appealing to the government, private organizations, individual investors, or charitable donation services, every grant proposal should include the following:

  • Cover letter 
  • Executive summary 
  • Information about your organization 
  • Description of your goals 
  • Proposed strategy for meeting those goals 
  • Method for evaluating your success 
  • A fully developed budget 
  • Appendix or attachments.

The cover letter, executive summary, and organization information (1/2 to 1 page each)