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Proposal Preparation Support

You have a corporation or foundation in mind, but want a little help putting your ideas in writing in a way that will catch their interest. Each year, CFR staff writes hundreds of LOIs and proposals, presenting all kinds of projects and programs to a variety of funders - let us share our knowledge with you!

Guidance Documents

Sitting down to write a letter of intent or proposal and looking for some tips and pointers about how to do it the right way? CFR has compiled a variety of guidance documents to answer all your questions and provide you with concrete examples to help guide your work.
  • Grant Writing Tips - Writing successful proposals is a skill. This document provides a series of tips for effective asks for all sorts of projects and programs.
  • Finding the “Project” In Your Idea - Everyone has ideas. Not everyone knows how to find the "projects" within those ideas that corporations and foundations will want to support. This document helps you identify fundable "projects" within your ideas, allowing you to take that next step in approaching potential supporters.
  • Seven Steps to Securing Corporate Support - Corporations can be a great source of support for certain kinds of projects and research. This document walks you through some best practices in securing corporate support for your work.
  • How to Write a Letter of Intent - A letter of intent (LOI) is often the first step in getting your idea in front of a funder. This form will help you write the most cogent and effective LOI possible.
  • Proposal Summary - Because many funders get hundreds, or even thousands of inquiries, the proposal summary may be your best shot at "catching their eye" and making them want to learn more about your idea. This guidance document will help you write the best possible summary, upping your chance of getting funded.
  • Concept Paper - A concept paper crystallizes your idea and presents it in a way that will be appealing - and easily understandable - to potential funders. This form gives tips and pointers on how to write a high quality concept paper.
  • Outreach Grant Proposal Preparation - You have an idea for a project or program that will benefit others. Whether it's an after-shool program for disadvantaged youth or a community development-focused exercise you'd like to conduct in a nearby municipality, writing an effective proposal for your work requires a special skill set. This document will help you identify your idea's strongest "selling points" and craft a proposal funders will want to support.

Customized Proposal and Content Development Support

Whether it's another set of eyes to read over your work before you hit "SEND," or someone to help you tailor your ideas to fit a particular funder's guidelines, CFR is here to help. With many years of grant writing and overall communications experience, Diane Blaszka is our Director of Proposal and Content Development and can be reached at dblaszka@winants.rutgers.edu.

Our Partners in the Pre- and Post-Award Processes

When it comes to getting philanthropic “dollars in the door” to support Rutgers, CFR does a lot, but we don’t do it alone. Every day, we work in tandem with our university-based partners to make sure proposals and gifts are properly processed through the pre- and post-award systems. If you have a question about how to submit a proposal, accept a gift, or access funds you’ve received, please let us know – if we can’t help you ourselves, we’ll point you toward someone who can. Also, take a moment to explore the websites of our partner offices to learn about their respective roles and services:
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