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Strategic Decisions Regarding Letters of Introduction

Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 10:10 AM / by Carol Timms posted in LOI, grant tips, Grant Writing Tips, grants, letter of intent, letter proposal, Grant Writing and Planning, grants writing, grant planning, applying for grants, grant funding, grant, grant proposal, grant strategies, grant project development, securing grants

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Many grantmaking organizations—especially small, private foundations—do not accept proposals for initial funding requests. Instead, they require grantseekers to submit a letter of introduction (LOI), also known as a letter of interest, letter of inquiry, letter of intent, or letter of request (LOR). Often, LOIs are requested by foundations as a tool to determine which projects they will be invited to submit a full proposal. While each grantmaking organization’s requirements for these letters may vary, most funders want LOIs of no more than one to three pages that describe the project for which you’re requesting funding and indicate the amount of funding for which you’re asking.

But is writing LOIs (as opposed to grant proposals) really worth doing? There are two main strategic approaches to consider: sending many LOIs – vs- fewer full proposals. To determine the best strategy for your organization, consider some of the general pros and cons of LOI writing when seeking grant funding.

Pros

-- LOIs are brief and quick to write.

Most full grant proposals require multiple pages of specific information regarding your funding request, including a project description, timeline, itemized budget, and measurable goals and outcomes. Therefore, planning your project and then writing a good proposal can take days, weeks, or even months. Because LOIs require much less verbiage and rely on more general information, an experienced writer can prepare a persuasive LOI quickly. If you have a collection of documents and text from other proposals and LOIs, the task can be even easier.

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Rebuilding After A Disaster

Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 16:10 PM / by Carol Timms posted in library grant, nonprofit, foundation funding, disaster preparedness, natural disaster, grants for disaster planning, non-profit, first responders, grant opportunity, foundation grant money, animal shelter, FEMA, football grants, grants for football, animal shelter grant, animal shelter funding, NFL, football equipment grants, grants from service organizations, service organizations, dog park grants, animal grants, dog grants, grants for dog parks, grants for dogs, grants for animal needs, dog parks, grants for disaster relief, disaster relief grants, grant funding, grant, Hurricane Harvey, grants for animals, animal needs grants, thank you, disaster, Disaster Relief Grants for School Libraries, school library grants, school libraries

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Immediately after a disaster, governmental agencies, volunteers and non-profits respond en masse to the affected area. These entities provide essential health and human services. In turn, granting organizations support these first responders by offering grants for general expenses and specific special interests.

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When Disaster Strikes

Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 14:10 PM / by Carol Timms posted in emergency management services, EMS, public safety, disaster preparedness, natural disaster, FEMA, disaster

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Every day we hear news of natural disasters. Across the country and around the world we hear reports of hurricanes, widespread fires, earthquakes, typhoons, volcanoes, and tsunamis. One of our readers, Bradley D., suggested we share some useful articles and advice to prepare for and react to a natural disaster.

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