Phase I Proposal Outline

Below are the outlines of the content required for a Phase I proposal. All proposals will include Organization Information completed online as Step 1. Step 2 will be the completion of the proposal outline.  Small Grants Division will complete proposal outline responses in short answer format online.   Large Grant Division proposal outline responses will be limited to four (4) pages (font no smaller than 12 point) and will be uploaded online after completion of Organization Information.  Longer proposals will not be considered.  Please respond to the outline elements in order as the proposals will be scored relative to these outline sections.  Proposals that are missing sections or presented out of order will not be considered.

Note that the last portion of the proposal submission process, Step 3, includes certification by an officer of your organization that the organization is a non-profit, it is committed to the project as proposed and that the organization has reviewed and approved the Phase I proposal.

SMALL GRANTS DIVISION

STEP 1) ORGANIZATION INFORMATION (Completed online)

STEP 2) PROPOSAL OUTLINE (Completed online in short answer format)

  1. 1. PROPOSAL SUMMARY
    Summarize your proposed project using the following topics (250 words or less)

    • Need
    • Target Audience
    • How Impact will be Measured
    • Key Potential Partners
    • How might this effort be sustained
  2. 2. DEFINING IMAGE (OPTIONAL)
    Upload a single JPEG image that captures the essence of your proposal (this can be a photograph, chart or drawing with a max size of 5MB).
  3. 3. PROPOSAL BODY
    Each question must be answered in 50 words or less.

    THE NEED:

    1. What is the need that your proposed project addresses?
    2. What is your project idea?
    3. How does your project address the need above?
    4. Are there similar successful programs elsewhere that you want to replicate?

     THE IMPACT:

    1. How many people do you anticipate reaching annually with a successful project?
    2. What changes are you seeking to achieve in those that you reach?
    3. How will you measure these changes on those that you impact?

     SUSTAINABILITY:

    1. Who are the key partners that will help you implement your project?
    2. How will this project be financially sustained beyond the Trinity funds?
    3. Why is your organization uniquely qualified to accomplish the proposed project?

STEP 3) PROPOSAL CERTIFICATION (Completed online)

Click here to download a 2017 Small Grants Division Phase I Proposal Outline in PDF format.

 


 

LARGE GRANTS DIVISION

STEP 1) ORGANIZATION INFORMATION (Completed online)

STEP 2) PROPOSAL OUTLINE (Uploaded finished 4 page proposal online in Word or PDF file format)

  1. 1. ABSTRACT
    In a 250 word or less abstract/summary, clearly define issue to be addressed and proposed solution(s). Include a summary of the problem addressed, the target community/demographic, the expected measurable impact if successful, any collaborators that you might reach out to in order to execute the project (local or from other areas) and any preliminary thoughts on how this project would be financially sustained.
  2. 2. NEED/PROBLEM STATEMENT & TARGET
    What is the purpose of the project and who is it expected to benefit? Describe the specific community problem or need targeted by the project.  Describe the specific population (who and how many) and geographical area that will be targeted by the project.  Describe best practices being used locally or elsewhere to address this problem revealing an understanding of the background of related efforts.
  3. 3. GOAL
    What is expected to happen or be different as a result of the project? Clearly describe the overall purpose of the project.  Goals provide an answer to the program statement and communicate the expected impact.
  4. 4. MEASURABLE IMPACT
    How would you measure successful impact? Describe how your project would impact the target audience and how you would gather information on progress toward stated goals.
  5. 5. ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY AND POTENTIAL COLLABORATORS
    Why is your organization capable of leading this project?  Describe your organization’s historical ability to successfully implement and manage similar projects and achieve the results intended.  Describe the experience of project management and staff related to the project. Discuss the potential to collaborate with the specific organizations to leverage resources available.
  6. 6. SUSTAINABILITY
    If the project is successful, how will it be sustained after the Trinity Foundation grant ends?  Describe your plan to identify and secure partners and funding to continue the project.  In preparing this section, consider your organization’s history of fundraising; describe committed, pending and potential grant funding for the project from other sources other than Trinity Foundation and/or other sources of project revenues.
  7. 7. USE OF FUNDS
    What will the requested Phase I funds be used for?  Phase I planning/pilot-scale funds can be used for direct personnel support, travel to study successful efforts in other locations, and/or material costs for pilot-scale demonstrations, etc.  Phase I grants are not to be used for capital investments or unrestricted organizational support.  A preliminary budget describing how the Phase I funds will be used shall be provided with the proposal.  A detailed Phase II proposal and budget will be required at the completion of Phase I.

STEP 3) PROPOSAL CERTIFICATION (Completed online)

Click here to download a 2017 Large Grants Division Phase I Proposal Outline in PDF format.