Guide to Writing Proposals

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This manual has been prepared to assist individuals working on behalf of nonprofit organizations to develop successful Letters of Intent and grant proposals aimed at a wide variety of funders. This information will also benefit organizations who are interested in responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) to obtain funding for a program or service intended for a specific target audience.

Although writing a grant proposal, Letter of Intent or submission in response to a Request for Proposal may appear to be a daunting task, by remaining focused on the task, engaging in sound research and adopting a good working philosophy, you can assist your nonprofit organization to be successful in this important aspect of fundraising.

Successful fundraisers have learned through experience and research, that, regardless of the type of project or program being developed or the nature of the funder being approached, there are a number of underlying principles that remain constant.

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