assignment, you will choose a
nonprofit of interest to you personally
whose work you admire, or
perhaps one whose workings and/or influence you just find intriguing. Your job is to write
a grant proposal to a real foundation that might
be persuaded to fund your nonprofit. It
can be either a foundation that has already funded your nonprofit or a foundation that has
not yet funded your nonprofit.
GRANT PROPOSAL ASSIGNMENT
For this assignment, you will choose a
n existing arts
nonprofit of interest to you
whose work you admire, or perhaps one whose workings and/or influence
you just find intriguing. Your job is to write a grant pr
oposal to a real foundation that might
be persuaded to fund your nonprofit. It can be either a foundation that has already
funded your nonprofit or a foundation that has not yet funded your nonprofit.
In this document, you will propose a specific
roject or program for your real
organization and ask for either partial or complete funding for this project or program from
the funding source in question. The project or program you propose should
sense both for your nonprofit and f
or your funding source. In other words, dont write a
proposal on behalf of Greenpeace outlining plans for a summer camp for kids with cancer
(unless perhaps the cancer cases have been shown to have been caused by environmental
degradation), and dont ask
a family foundation that is devoted to supporting the arts for
money to add a lunch program to your local soup kitchens schedule.
This assignment is based on our reading of Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of
Writing for a Good Cause
by Joseph Barbato and Danielle
Do not attempt to do this
assignment before having read these chapters carefully, particularly Chapter 6.
Your grant proposal will be composed of the following sections, all single
1. Cover Letter (no more than 1 page
2. Cover Sheet (1 page)
3. Executive Summary (no more than 1/2 page)
**The preceding three sections will each appear on a separate page.**
4. Introduction (approx. 1 page)
5. Problem Statement (approx. 1 page) (
give this section your own title
6. Program/Project Description (approx. 2
3 pages) (
give this section your own title
A. Statement of Goals/Objectives
7. Conclusion (approx. 1/2 page)
**The preceding four sections will be in one continuous sequence
(that is, no page breaks between sections).**
8. Budget (approx. 1 page)
(On its own page.)
9. Appendices (optional; these materials, if any, do not count toward paper length)
Note: Do not include a bibliography.
Note: Follow the guidelines give
n here regardless of whether the guidelines of the funding source are different
in any way.
You may exceed the suggested page lengths if you deem it absolutely necessary, but keep in
mind that a concise and clear proposal is often far more effective than
a longer one.
You will be graded on the following dimensions:
: Do you make a very strong case that your proposed initiative or program is
worth funding? Is your budget reasonable and is it justified by what you have laid out in the
: Is this an initiative or program that makes sense for your organization? Has your
funding target shown strong interest in similar initiatives in the past?
: Is your writing clear, forceful, and grammatically
correct? Does your executive
summary make the key points concisely and clearly?
: Is your document clean, consistent, and easy to read in terms of its