How to Apply for a Grant

1.

Download and complete the Proposal Request Summary.

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2.

Write a 1-2 page proposal addressing the following items:

Description of Specific Request

Please describe the services for which you are seeking support. If project support is requested, tailor your responses to that particular project; if operating support is requested, tailor your responses to address the organization. Please focus on the following components:

A

Describe the need your organization is addressing.

B

State the connection between your organization and/or project work and the mission of the specific foundation toward which you are applying.

C

Provide information about the constituents who benefit from your organization’s work (age, gender, race/ethnicity, income levels, geographic representation, any disabilities, language(s) spoken, or other criteria relevant to the work)

D

State the goals and expected outcomes of this work, and include a timeline for meeting these goals and outcomes.

E

Describe the program design, giving detailed information about how program activities will occur.

F

Describe the challenges to the success of the proposed activities and how these factors could be overcome.

G

Describe how the amount requested was determined, how it will be applied, and sources of future funding.

Please address the following

A

Detail how your organization defines and monitors success for the organization, or if program support is requested, for the specific program.

B

Identify the short-term and long-term indicators of success.

C

Describe how you have used evaluation results (qualitative or quantitative) to make changes and improve your organization’s and/or program’s performance and impact.

D

Please include a summary of any evaluation results, if available. If seed funding is requested, please detail the evaluation plans to include the components listed above.

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Include the following attachments to complete your application:

A

Proposal Request 
Summary

B

Proposal

C

Organizational Budget. Include the organization’s budget for the current fiscal year. Provide budget projections if multi-year support is requested.

D

Project Budget (not applicable for general operating requests). Include a detailed line-item budget for the project. Provide budget projections if multi-year support is requested.
 

E

Sources of Funding. Provide a list of foundation, corporate and/or government grants secured over the past 2 years. Please state the source, dollar amount, grant time period, and the date received or requested. Also include any pending requests still outstanding.

F

If operating support is requested, provide this information for the organization; if project support is requested, also provide any additional funding earmarked for the project. If multi-year support is requested, please provide information on any multi-year pledges.

G

List of Board Members. Provide a list of the members of the current Board of Directors and their professional affiliation.

H

Copy of Tax Status Letter. Provide a copy of the organization’s most recent IRS Tax-Exempt Ruling Letter, verifying that the organization is a qualified charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not a private foundation.

I

Audited Financial Statements. Provide a copy of the organization’s financial statements for the most recent fiscal year (audited if available).

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Submit this information to info@creativewavesfoundation.org

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