letter of intent - Communicating with government funders is...

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A letter of intent is something you would submit to a government funder—in fact, government funders require them. These letters indicate that an organization will be submitting a proposal by the appropriate deadline. Also, a letter of intent is much shorter, generally only one or two paragraphs long. Here's a brief outline of the information you would need to include: 1. Name of organization and statement of intention to apply for a specific named grant opportunity. 2. Description of the organization intending to submit the proposal. 3. Description of how the requested funds will be used. 4. A request for the grant application and guidelines with contact information (if the application isn't available on the Internet). You'll notice that they don't address the letter to a specific person. Why is that? Shouldn't we be forming a relationship with this funder? Normally we should, and at the least, I would try to locate a specific person to write to if I were writing a letter of intent. This can be a challenge, though.
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Unformatted text preview: Communicating with government funders is very different than it is with individual donors, foundations, and corporations. For example, at the end of their application guidelines, also called request for proposal or RFP, they will list a contact department representative for questions and concerns regarding the process. But this person is not the same as a program officer. He or she provides information, sort of like a customer service representative, and is usually inundated with calls from a myriad of different organizations. Government funders will also provide an application workshop to help organizations understand the application process and what goes into a complete proposal package. These workshops are the time for organizations to meet program officers (as well as the competition) and ask about the types of efforts they fund, past awarded organizations, and the possibility of funding....
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course PUBLIC ADM EDA 6930 taught by Professor Morris during the Spring '09 term at UNF.

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