Fundraising: Elements of a Proposal

Updated: 6.1.06

This section outlines the components of a typical eight- to 10-page proposal. It is merely a guideline.

First and foremost, your proposal should:

It is also important to remember that the basic requirements, application forms and procedures vary with each funder. Some funders will request shorter proposals, a letter of inquiry or the completion of an application. In these cases, it should be easy to provide much of the information and language from the proposal you have developed using this guide.

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