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Where can I find FREE examples of grant proposals?
"Already-written proposals" are usually difficult to find, via print or the Internet, because they are typically very specific to the organization requesting funding as well as to the donor's mission, and they work only within that context.
- Collins, Sarah (ed.) The Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2003. Features twenty grant proposals that have been funded by some of today’s most influential grantmakers. Each proposal – reprinted in its entirety – includes commentary by the program officer, executive director, or other funding decision maker who awarded that grant. Proposals are included from large and small, local and national organizations, and for many different support purposes, including basic budgetary support, special projects, construction, staff positions, and more. Also includes actual letters of inquiry, budgets, cover letters, and vital supplementary documents needed to develop a complete proposal.
- Nonprofit Guides (http://npguides.org) has a sample proposal, proposal cover letter, letter of inquiry and budget, and other items that may be of use to you.
- School Grants (http://www.schoolgrants.org/Samples/samples.htm) offers a number of education-focused, successful, sample proposals. Most are directed to corporate or government funding sources and are downloadable in Microsoft Word Version 6.0.
- The Gill Foundation (http://www.gillfoundation.org/tata_materials/tata_materials_show.htm?doc_id=90214) has a 2001 proposal submitted by Nashville CARES posted on its site. The proposal is available in PDF format. The sample grant is punctuated throughout with useful comments by the Gill Foundation, pointing out what they liked about this "clear, concise, and simple" proposal.
- SERA (http://www.sera.com/index.php?section=funding&option=funding&page=funding_templates) includes brief instructions and templates for a proposal, letter of inquiry, proposal cover letter, and budget. These templates are available in HTML or MS Word.
- Georgia Perimeter College (http://www.dc.peachnet.edu/~ebrown/sampro.htm) has a sample grant template submitted to the Strategic Directions Initiative by the Research Administration Office.
- The Idea Bank (http://theideabank.com/onlinecourse/samplegrant.html) has a number of proposals available online for fire and safety organizations (indicating which ones have been successfully funded).
- You can also try a number of Internet search engines such as Google using the keywords "sample nonprofit grant proposal".
Remember, each already funded proposal is specific to the grantseeker and grantmaker involved. Your situation may differ.
For more information on proposal writing, you may want to review the Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing; the online version of the same, A Proposal Writing Short Course (also available in Spanish); our full-day Proposal Writing Seminar; the free one-hour Proposal Writing Basics; our full-day Proposal Budgeting Workshop; the free one-hour Proposal Budgeting Basics; or the online budgeting tutorial, Proposal Budgeting Basics.
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