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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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5 Overlooked Grant Basics Part I: Planning a Fundable Project

Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 17:10 PM / by Roland Garton posted in best practices in grant writing, grant writing help, grant research tips, How to Grant Write, grant writing, Grant Writing Tips, Grant Writing and Planning, grant planning, overlooked grant basics, fundable project, grant project development, developing fundable projects, securing grants

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This blog begins a series of five blogs that address basic aspects of successful proposals that are often overlooked. To start, I’d like to addresst the notion that writing is the primary ingredient in a successful proposal. Not that writing quality is unimportant—poor writing can sink a great idea—but it is even more crucial for the proposed project itself to appeal to the funder. Creating a compelling proposal is not a writing task as much as it is a programming and planning task.

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