Introduction:A cover letter is written as a finishing touch to polish of a grant proposal. While many government agencies do not require grant proposals to be accompanied by a cover letter many foundations recommend them when applying for a grant.
A cover letter should only be a brief overview, no more then three short and to the point paragraphs. Anymore then that and you will lose the attention of your reader.
First paragraph should tell about the grant seeking organization and why you are seeking the grant. Second paragraph should include define the mission statement of your project and how they match the funders mission statement. The third paragraph should direct importance to your project.
Date the cover letter the date the grant proposal will be sent not the day you are writing. This will help avoid confusion at the foundation.
Even though you have limited space on your cover letter always close with thanking the potential funding foundation for their time. Use specific names if possible.
If printing the grant proposal out make sure the cover letter is printed out on letter head, if possible. Its best to use a nice crisp white sheet of paper then decorative stationary.
The grant writer does not do the signing. A mistake of many organizations. Have the highest ranked person of the grant seeking organization sign the cover letter.
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