Do you participate in an undergraduate or graduate student group which promotes and encourages philanthropy? Read on to find out how your efforts may get wider recognition through The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and the Generous U title.
Seeking to recognize those student groups and programs on US college campuses which encourage charitable giving, The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy is once again accepting applications from those who increase awareness and involvement concerning the importance and impact of philanthropy and philanthropic values.
Student groups are invited to compete for the $10,000 Sillerman Prize as well as the Generous U title. There will also be one $2,500 Runner-Up prize awarded.
By completing the eligibility requirements as noted on GrantWatch.com, you will be able to share how your group has increased the practice and awareness of philanthropy or charitable giving from one’s own financial resources on your college campus. By demonstrating success in engaging a substantial number of peers towards giving, increasing philanthropic awareness and a culture of giving on campus, nurturing a lifelong habit of charitable giving and developing a model that can be adopted on other campuses, you are well on your way to winning these generous prizes.
GrantWatch.com would like to take this opportunity to commend you on your exceptional community service in producing a future generation of philanthropists. We wish you continued success in all of your endeavors.
How to Write a LOI=Letter of Intent, Letter of Interest, Letter of Inquiry
Many foundations ask for a LOI before requesting a full grant proposal. This helps the funder to weed out organizations which are the most appropriate to receive their offered grant. Organizations also use the LOI to assess how many staff are needed in order to review the upcoming proposals. More so, the LOI places you on their mailing list for all future addendums and modifications for that particular grant, including deadline changes.
LOI is a non-legally binding document which includes an introduction to your project, contact information at your agency, a description of your organization, a statement of need, your methodology and/or an achievable solution to the need, a brief discussion of other funding sources and a final summary.
Although foundations usually provide an outline for the LOI, we hope that the following tips will help you successfully win your applied for grants.
- The LOI should be a brief, one page, informative letter which summarizes your ultimate full proposal. There are times, however, when it can be as long as three pages.
- The structure of the LOI is a business letter. Therefore, write the LOI on business letterhead. Be sure that your company’s address appears on the letterhead or add it to the letter on the right hand side. The recipient’s address should appear on the left hand side of the paper.
- It is important to use the specific name of the recipient. It is best to avoid general terminology such as, “Dear Sir” or “To Whom It May Concern”.
- The opening of your LOI might be the most important part of your letter. It should be a concise, executive summary which provides enticing information to inspire the reader to continue. Include the name of your organization, the grant you are applying for and/or the amount of money you are requesting as well as a short description of the project involved. You should also include how your project fits the funder’s guidelines and funding interests.
- Next, give a brief history of your nonprofit and its programs. There should be a direct connection made from what you currently do to what you want to accomplish with their funding. Include a description of your target population and geographic area. It is wise to incorporate statistical facts about what you are doing and hope to do as well as specific examples of successes and needs.
- Elaborate on your objectives. How do you plan on using the funding to solve the problem? Describe the project succinctly. Include major activities along with the names and titles of key project staff.
- If you are requesting funding from other sources, mention this in a brief paragraph. In addition, include any funding already secured as well as how you plan to support the project in the future.
- Briefly summarize your goal. Note that you are open to answering any further questions. Thank the funder for his consideration in your organization.
- You may attach any additional forms which are helpful to present your information. However, keep in mind that this is a LOI and not a full proposal.
- Review the given guidelines for the LOI to assure that you have met all of the funder’s requirements. Failing to include all requested information can cause your LOI to be disregarded.
- When signing the LOI, use proper business salutations such as “sincerely” or “respectfully”. It is best to avoid an overly friendly closing.
For your convenience, here are some links to sample LOIs:
Short LOI: http://www.sophisticatededge.com/sample-letter-of-intent-for-a-grant.html
Long LOI: http://www.npguides.org/guide/inquiry_letter.htm
May your LOI open the door to your successful winning of grants.
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Start the process by gathering pictures and video clips in anticipation of the crowdfunding of your project. We have crowdfunding mentors (through GrantWriterTeam.com) that will help you transpose your proposal to the Uhelpfund platform from design to final publish and assist with socializing of your project.
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I've been searching GrantWatch.com for new grants and I keep seeing the term LOI with a grant deadline. What exactly is an LOI?
A Subscriber in Boston
Dear Boston Subscriber:
This is a great and important question as the pneumonic LOI has a few meanings in the grant giving world and appears in many of our grant postings.
LOI = Letter of Intent, Letter of Interest – Often times a funding source wants a heads-up for how many organizations plan on applying for the grant or contract so that they can hire their review staff in advance of the grant deadline date. LOI also places you on the mailing list for all future addendums and modifications to that particular application, including deadline changes.
LOI = Letter of Inquiry. Many funding sources require the submission of an initial, brief LOI rather than a full proposal. These letters are reviewed so that only projects of interest to the funding source are invited to submit a full proposal. Occasionally, a funding source will not publicize a proposal deadline until the LOIs have been submitted. In that case, our staff will list the LOI deadline on our site as the proposal due date until further information is provided.
On GrantWatch.com, when we list an LOI date at the top of a grant listing, it refers to a mandatory LOI. If the date has passed and you did not yet submit an LOI to the funding source, then, based on the rules of the funder, you can no longer apply. Those grants are archived on the GrantWatch.com site. When you visit our Tour our Archives page, you might find grants with a current deadline date but a passed LOI date.
The funding source usually provides an outline for the Letter of Inquiry. It is generally no more than two pages and contains: an introduction to your project, contact information at your agency, a description of your organization, a statement of need, your methodology, a brief discussion of other funding sources and a final summary.
I hope I have fully answered your question. Please feel free to call our office if you need further assistance at 1-347-696-7196 or write to Support@Grantwatch.com.