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Let us make every effort to do what leads … to mutual edification. (Romans 14:19, NIV)
It was the third year I’d been writing grant proposals to this particular funder – unsuccessfully.
For the past two years, I had prepared a letter of inquiry (LOI), but I had not been invited to submit a full application.
What had I missed in the past two tries that had failed to capture the funder’s interest?
I reviewed my previous LOIs.
This time, I paid particular attention to the opening paragraph using a checklist.
My letter described my organization’s project – a program for low-income single moms. But there was no mention of the funder’s areas of interests, which were primarily meeting hunger and basic needs for low-income, inner city families.
I had not connected the dots between my project and relieving hunger, even though the project included meals for the women and grocery cards for food.
I had failed in one of the cardinal rules in writing grant proposals: I had not demonstrated the mutual interest between my project to the funder’s interests.
So this time, I did. I wrote an LOI focused on relieving hunger for the low-income women we served.
It got the green light to submit a full application. And the grant proposal got funded.
Have you used your LOI to explain how you and the funder can provide mutual edification?
Use an LOI to connect your project to the funder’s interests.
Show me the common point that connects my reader’s interests with my purpose. Help me to demonstrate that mutual connection as I write.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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