Phase I Proposal Outline

Below is the outline of the content required for a Phase I proposal. All proposals must be submitted through the online application and will include the following: Organization Information, Proposal Outline and Certification.  Certification must be provided by an officer of your organization confirming the organization is a nonprofit, is committed to the project as proposed, and has reviewed and approved the Phase I proposal.

SMALL GRANTS DIVISION and LARGE GRANTS DIVISION

STEP 1) ORGANIZATION INFORMATION (Completed online)

STEP 2) PROPOSAL OUTLINE (Completed online)

  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 SERVICE AREA
    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. How has your organization evaluated the need for the service/project you are proposing (surveys, literature review, successful projects in other cities)? 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. INTENDED OUTCOMES & MEASUREMENT
    What methods will be used in Phase I to validate the need and measure the impact in a Phase II implementation?  If this project was implemented, what would be the desired outcomes and how would they be measured?
  4. 4. INNOVATION, EXPANSION or CONTINUATION
    Is this proposed project best categorized as a new service, an expansion of current services or a continuation of current services for your organization?  What is the nature of this proposed effort related to your current ongoing activities? If this is a new service, where did the idea for this originate? If this is an expansion of services, how is the expansion described (locations, hours, capacity, etc.) and why is it needed? If it is a continuation of services, why has the financial need for Trinity funds arisen?
  5. 5. POTENTIAL COLLABORATORS & PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY
    If this project continues to implementation in Phase II, who are the ideal community partners and how might the project sustain itself after the initial funding period?  Describe your organization’s historical ability to successfully implement and manage similar projects and achieve the results intended. Discuss potential collaborating partners (letters will be needed for the Phase II proposal, but a list/role for potential partners is all that is needed for this Phase I proposal). Describe the potential funding approach to sustaining the project after a successful Phase II implementation (gifts, service fees and payments, partnering organization support, other?)
  6. 6. 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 2020 Small Grants Division Phase I Proposal Outline in PDF format.

 Click Here to download a 2020 Large Grants Division Phase I Proposal Outline in PDF format.