Sad to say, but your grant proposal may be among hundreds or thousands that a typical foundation will see during an average year.
Your cover letter can make the difference in getting to the next step towards funding. The cover letter would not be appropriate for a story about a client, although you should have a story for other parts of your proposal, such as the description of the problem.
"As you consider your great achievement (the finished funding request), let the creative, right side of your brain kick in and connect your feelings of accomplishment to the person who will help make your plans come true." The tone and specifics of your cover letter may vary depending on whether you've been invited to submit a full proposal after sending a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), or if this project is your organization's first approach to this particular foundation.
As the largest senior center in Any County, serving over 450 seniors every day, we are aware of the changing demographics in our service area.
Should we find at the end of our pilot year that this program is, in fact, successful, our board has committed to including a portion of the project's yearly expenses into our annual operating budget so that the program becomes an integral part of our core services.
Through this project, the Center will become the primary referral given by Health Access Latinos, Families of Any County, and three community clinics within a fifteen-mile radius of our center.
We will also accept referrals of Spanish-speaking seniors from any other community agency in our immediate service area. I will follow up with you in the next week to answer any questions you might have, as well as to learn whether we might meet with you to discuss the merits of our proposal.
Meanwhile, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Connie Jones, our Director of Development, at (555) 555-5555, x555, or [email protected]
That may be in the strength of your staff and volunteers, your experience with this particular problem, or the community support you enjoy.
You don't need to mention the names of competitors or criticize them. This would be a good time to consult with others around the office.