Grant Applications & Procedures


  • What might the typical grantmaking process look like?

  • How can we make our application accessible for grantseekers?

  • What is a “Request for Proposals” (RFP)?

  • What are Common Grant Applications, and how do they help grantseekers?

  • What information will enable us to make good grant decisions?

  • How much information will we require grant applicants to submit?

  • What paperwork is required, legally, to make a grant?

  • What is a letter of inquiry?

  • What is the advantage in having a screening process for grant applications?

  • Should our foundation be proactive or receptive in engaging grant applicants?

  • What are the important things to consider when developing an application process?

  • How should we attract grant applicants?

  • How can we be more accessible during the application process?

  • How can we help grantees create goals for the grant?

  • How do we acknowledge that we received proposals?

  • What do guidelines include?



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