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Grant Proposals to Community Service Organizations and Foundations

Community service organizations and community oriented foundations often make grant fund available. The names of many of these organizations are listed in area guides and directories and with local chambers of commerce. Examples of these organizations would be Local Education Foundations (LEF), Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. The focus of these kinds of organizations is usually limited, so it is important to make sure your goals fit within their guidelines.

  1. Request an application and guidelines. Make sure these materials include the funding organization's rating system and mission statements. If they do not, request them.
  2. Make sure your project fits the funder's objectives.
  3. Read and keep the organization's scoring system in mind throughout the process, from project development to application submission.
  4. Answer all questions in the application. Make sure the funding organization knows exactly who will benefit from the project.
  5. Do not exceed maximum space/page limits.
  6. Include letters of support from supporters and from people who will benefit from your project . ALWAYS include a letter from your project supervisors. If you are a teacher, include a letter of support from both your team leader and your principal.
  7. Make sure to submit all required paperwork. Re-read guidelines to make sure.


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