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GearUp for Grants FAQ

Each GearUp package includes customized Letter of Inquiry for each selected foundation or funding source, dedicated Nonprofit Specialist to provide grant readiness guidance and education, a dedicated writer, foundation research based on the package chosen, problem statement research, and submission of the LOI to the funders.

Primarily foundation funding sources are included in the packages. These do not include government sources.

We will write the LOIs based on the funder’s requirements; however, typically, each LOI is approximately 2-4 pages in length.

The outlined sections included in the GearUp LOI are consolidated versions of a grant proposal, including Executive Summary, Organizational Background, Problem Statement (Need Statement), Objectives, Methodology, Evaluation, Sustainability, and the Budget, if provided by the client.

A Letter of Inquiry (also known as a Letter of Intent) is used to first better gauge and understand your odds for potential funding and consists of a brief outline of the proposed project that requires funding. It explains to the funder in 2-3 pages the main aspects of the proposal. Some foundations require this letter as the initial point of contact to ensure the project falls within their giving guidelines. The foundation will then reply and let the organization know when, and if, a full-length proposal should be submitted. Many foundations now prefer to receive an LOI as the first step toward funding. They can quickly assess whether your project is a good fit for them. If it isn’t, they and you can move on. However, if they wish to move forward, then you are in an excellent position to move forward with an official grant proposal request, which we can assist you with.

Yes, we will send the LOI on your behalf. Additionally, supplemental documents may be required, depending on the foundation requirements, such as evidence of 501(c)(3). If you have selected to have us submit the LOIs on your behalf, we will complete and submit the applications once all required supplementary info has been received.

Our goal is to provide you several options and include you in the final selection process. Additionally, for the foundations researched that you elect to not submit to, you will be able to refine our work and submit on your own later, allowing you more options to gauge funder interest.

In the grant package, we will provide you electronic copies of the full proposals, letter of Inquiry template, cover letter, foundation research, and a chart indicating initial approaches and amounts requested from each foundation

We recommend adding the following documents (if available) to each proposal’s appendix section before submitting it to a foundation. IRS501(c)(3) letter of tax exemption determination Your organization’s most recent annual report (if available) A list of your Board of Directors and Trustees, their board titles, their contact information, qualifications, and affiliations, your organization’s most recent financial audit (if unavailable, please submit the last two years of financial statements or your most recent Form 990), project implementation timeline. Also, you can include, a list of foundation, corporate, and major individual support (including givers name, address, amount donated, and date donated) with the amount that was given for the last fiscal year. A list of foundation, corporate, and major individual donations (including givers name, address, amount donated, and date donated) for the current fiscal year. A Personnel Chart which shows the employee, their staff position, their work duties, their qualifications, their hours per week, and their yearly salary. Program or organization brochure, Letters of support, and/or recommendation from influential members of the community.

If the organization is denied funding due to the foundation not funding their mission or in their geographical location, we will replace that funder with another. The foundation requirements change and may not be updated in our database. If the funding is denied simply because the foundation has chosen to fund another program, we do not replace the foundation research.

No. It would be unethical to make such a promise. We do, however, guarantee our research and the quality of the proposal. We understand what foundations are looking for, and we customize the proposal to the format requested. Getting funded depends in large part on the organization’s history of successful program implementation, programs offered, the methodology utilized, and long-term sustainability. Between the proactive steps you take with your organization and our GearUp for Grants programs and Full Grant Proposals, we do feel confident you are taking the actions needed to bring you closer to grant funding.

This is very difficult to say. Some applicants may receive funding within months, while others may take years or never get funded. However, just like advertising to create awareness, grant writing is something that must be implemented as one part of many diversified funding strategies.

Many funding organizations are against this practice, and additionally, the AAGP has ruled this as unethical and against their code of ethics. CharityNet does not want to facilitate any practice that may hurt your chances of getting funded.