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Grant Writing FAQ

A. In the grant package, the client will receive a full length proposal, program
development assistance, problem statement research, a letter of intent template, a
cover letter template, foundation research based on the package selected . We do not
include postage or supporting documents listed as required in the appendix.

A. Primarily foundation funding sources are included in the packages. These do not
include government sources.

A. A full proposal is approximately 10-12 pages in length.

A. The sections included in a full proposal are the Executive Summary, Organizational
Background, Problem Statement (Need Statement), Objectives, Methodology,
Evaluation, Sustainability, and the Budget, if provided by the client.

A. A Letter of Intent (also known as a Letter of Inquiry) is a brief outline of the proposed
project that requires funding. It explains to the funder in 2-3 pages the main aspects of
the proposal. Some foundations require this letter as the initial point of contact, to ensure
the project falls within their giving guidelines. The foundation will then reply and let the
organization know when, and if, a full length proposal should be submitted.

A. No. Materials must be customized for each funding source, in order to meet their specific submission
guidelines. Additionally, supplemental documents, such as evidence of 501(c)(3) status, must also be
attached by the applicant. Thus, we do not do any mailing of proposals. However, if you have selected
the grant customization option we will complete and submit any online applications once all required
supplementary info has been received. Additionally, for those funders that do not use an online process,
as part of the grant customization option we will prepare customized versions of proposals and/or
application forms will be prepared for your mailing.

A. In the grant package, the client will receive hard copies of the full proposal, letter of intent template,
cover letter, foundation research, and a chart indicating initial approaches and amounts requested from
each foundation. In addition, we will include a CD-R that includes electronic copies of the above, as well
as electronic versions of each letter . We do not include postage or supplemental documents listed in the
appendix.

A. We recommend adding the following documents (if available) to each proposal’s appendix section
before submitting it to a foundation.
 IRS501(c)(3) letter of tax exemption determination
 Your organization’s most recent annual report (if available)
 A list of your Board of Directors and Trustees, their board titles, their contact information,
qualifications, and affiliations
 Your organization’s most recent financial audit (if unavailable, please submit the last two years of
financial statements or your most recent Form 990)
 Project implementation timeline
 A list of foundation, corporate, and major individual support (including givers name, address,
amount donated, and date donated) with the amount that was given for the last fiscal year.
 A list of foundation, corporate, and major individual donations (including givers name, address,
amount donated, and date donated) for the current fiscal year.
 A Personnel Chart which shows the employee, their staff position, their work duties, their
qualifications, their hours per week, and their yearly salary.
 Program or organization brochure
 Letters of support and/or recommendation from influential members of the community.

A. If the organization is denied funding due to the foundation not funding their particular
mission or in their geographical location, we will replace that funder with another. The
foundation requirements change and may not be updated in our database.
If the funding is denied simply because the foundation has chosen to fund another
program, we do not replace the foundation research.

A. No. It would be unethical to make such a promise. We do, however, guarantee our
research and the quality of the proposal. We understand what foundations are looking
for and we customize the proposal to the format requested. Getting funded depends in
a large part on the organization’s history of successful program implementation,
programs offered, methodology utilized, and long-term sustainability.

A. This is very difficult to say. Some applicants may receive funding within months, while
others may take years or never get funded. However, just like advertising to create
awareness, grant writing is something that must be implemented as one part of many
diversified funding strategies. Best of all, CharityNet offers a corporate sponsorship
solution to help fund the grant investment from the community and not from your
organization’s current budget.

A. Many funding organizations are against this practice, and additionally the AAGP has
ruled this as unethical and against their code of ethics. CharityNet does not want to
facilitate any practice that may hurt your chances of getting funded.