A Well-Written Grant Request Cover Letter May Clinch the Funding You Need
What is in a Proposal?
Basically, a proposal or request for funding will include (1) a cover letter, and (2) hundreds other extensive pieces of documentation. These may include financial statements, business plans, personal information on all parties involved, and volumes of other information. But the cover letter is what gets you through the door.
We are going to focus on the cover letter to a foundation or charity.
What Should the Cover Letter Include?
The cover letter is your opportunity to make an initial impact the reader(s) and get through to a committee of others who will then decide if they are interested. The letter must be brief, yet thorough.
Note: Some foundations will have a specific format for the cover letter, so check on that. If there is, follow it exactly. If not, the cover letter should:
• Request your dollar amount and introduce your project in the first sentence.
• Describe how your project and/or organization will further the foundation’s mission.
• Reference your most recent contact with the foundation.
• Index the proposal’s contents.
• Give contact details and offer additional information upon request.
• Be signed by your organization’s executive director or president.
As with any important letter, the grammar, punctuation, spelling, and general tone must be perfect. With a great deal of money riding on a one-page letter, it’s a good idea to let someone with editing experience review it.
This is where Wordzen comes in!
Wordzen is technically an extension for the Chrome browser, and it is reliant on human editors who review email content. In the case of a cover letter, a user would first have to have installed Wordzen on their computer – see this video for a “how to” guide. Then the person writing the cover letter would simply type the letter as an email and press the Wordzen Send button. The message would be transmitted to an experienced editor who would retype the message and send it on, or return it to the original writer to be reviewed.
Wordzen is perfect for screening a grant request cover letter, a resume cover letter, an important email of any kind just to make sure everything is just right.