Wisdom of Life

Grant Writing Terms

Activities: A defined agenda of list of happenings that will occur in order to accomplish the objective. It defines what, when, and who will be responsible to carry out the planned agenda.

Budget: A list of project costs.

Executive: A summarization of all the key information included in the proposal

Summary: It includes the issue, the solution, funding requirements, and information on the organization and community.

Evaluation: A method to determine the success of the project in meeting the stated goal and accomplishment of the planned activities.

Foundation: An organization created to provide financial support, a grant, to not-for- profit and/or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Goal: Defines the scope of the project. It describes what you expect the project setting to be like after the project has completed its intervention. The goal is the solution to the issue; it is broad and almost visionary.

Guidelines: A specific outline of a proposal application provided by the foundation to the grantseeker to follow in the proposal submission process.

Indicator: A description of a set of data that can measure or verify an outcome.

LOI: Sometimes referred to as a Letter of Intent, a Letter of Interest, and/or a Letter of Introduction. It is a 2-3 page pre-proposal application to the funder. Used by the funder to screen ineligible applicants and to invite full proposals for submission.

NGO: A charitable organization that is nongovernmental in structure.

Objective: A series of specific accomplishments designed to address the statement of need and to attain the goal. It is an endpoint and not a process. It tells what you want to do, and where you are going to do it. It is measurable and time-bound.

Outcome: A benefit that the community or a participant gain from the project. It determines a tangible or intangible change in behavior, knowledge, and/or attitude derived from the project.

Proposal: A written application explaining the project and a description of the community and/or organization, often accompanied by supporting documents.

Resources: Those items needed to carry out the planned activities of a project. They can be money, equipment, personnel, space, expertise, and other tangible and intangible items. Resources determine the project’s costs. Resources can be secured from the community, other organizations, outside sources, and/or from the funder.

Statement: Concisely states a situation that needs to be changed: It explains the of Need situation, conditions, and reasons for your project. It does not discuss the solution or the project being proposed. It lays the groundwork to introduce your project.

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