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Comments from Elizabeth Smith, Grants Officer, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, from The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals:
The Foundation is not concerned about the presentation of the proposal but rather the quality of the proposed project. Typically, the simpler, the better, as long as the proposal includes all of the necessary information. This proposal was well written, simple, and to the point. The organization submitted a succinct three-page letter of request and the attachments requested by the Foundation.
The Foundation requests an overview of the organization, its purpose, programs, governing board and staffing, and a description of the proposed project with a full justification for its funding, including need, intended impact, budget, and other sources of funding. This proposal included all of the necessary elements and was well balanced in terms of length, level of detail, and content. It clearly defined the proposed program and its purpose, explaining in detail how the grant would be used and the impact the program would have on the community. The proposal also specifically addressed how the project relates to the Foundation's funding guidelines and priorities.