20 to 40 pages
$100,000 to $1,000,000
10 to 20 pages
$10,000 to $99,999
6 to 12 pages
$5,000 to $9,999
6 to 8 pages
Gold medal Proposal Package is like 20-40 pages long for a high dollar grant
Bronze metal 6-12 pages
Every proposal package should be focused, personalized, tailored, and customized for each and
every potential funding source. Strategizing each request is vital for success!
Elements of a Gold Medal Proposal Package
So, what goes into a Gold Medal Proposal Package? Let's go back to our RIS form to find out.
Under the second heading, "Documentation," we'll need to include all the elements from the
sections "Organization Information" and "Proposed Project Package." Keep in mind that, as a
general rule, the larger the grant, the more documents the funder will request. Of course, we will
get all of them ready for the Gold Medal template.
Just a side note: You will also need to include the items under "Initial Approach," of which the
complete proposal package is one. If the funder doesn't specify a page length, be sure to follow
the general rules we outlined in our last lesson and make the letter of inquiry between two and
three pages and the letter of request between three and five pages.
Okay, back to our Gold Medal Proposal Package. You'll write the majority of the organization and
project documents once and then update them each year. The only documents that will be new
each year are the project income and expense budget, the audited financial statement, and the
project budget and request.
For safety, I recommend keeping an electronic copy in your computer files (remember the
Computer Tree?) and a hard copy in your development department file cabinet.
Let's get started with the organization history and background.
Your Organization History and Background
As you write this paragraph, you'll want to answer questions like the following:
When was your organization established?
Whose idea was it?
Who is that person?
What was the driving force behind its creation?
What are some of the most interesting and important milestones throughout your
What have you done in the past?
What are you doing currently?