The first and the main purpose of your cover letter is to connect your project with the potential reader's funding mission. It usually appears from the very beginning of the grant proposal. However, don't think that it is the same as the summary determining the key points of your proposal. This is more creative and sometimes even more challenging task, in order to complete which you need to be very serious about it. The truth is, it is usually hard to find a proposal cover letter sample for the reason that real applicants don't like their cover letter to be published on the internet. In addition, cover letters differ depending on the specificities of your research project, the characteristics of the funding organization and the funders as well. At the same time, even if you have found a good sample, it doesn't mean that you should precisely follow it because you may have another purpose, objective, etc. Anyway, you should know basic requirement for writing cover letters.
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The cover letter often is your proposal's first chance to connect your project with the reader's philanthropic mission. It goes on top of a proposal, but it is not the same as an executive summary, which states your proposal's key points.
At minimum, your 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
- List the proposal's contents
- Give contact details in case the funder wants additional information
- Be signed by your organization's executive director
Sample cover letters
Samples of actual cover letters are usually hard to find because the donor and applicant may be very protective of these documents. Also, they usually are very specific to the project, organization, and funder.
However, our Sample Documents section is a searchable collection of proposals, cover letters, letters of inquiry, and proposal budgets that were actually funded. Each proposal includes a critique by the decision-maker who awarded the grant.
These sample documents come from our book, Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals, which you can buy at our Marketplace or use at our libraries and Funding Information Network locations.
You also might check if anyone in your professional networks would be willing to share sample proposals and cover letters.
See also our related Knowledge Base articles:
- How do I write a grant proposal?
- What should be included in a letter of inquiry? Where can I find samples?
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