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Step 3: Apply for A Grant - Proposal Development and Writing

**NOTICE** New Federal Grant Application Requirement - The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requires all federal grant applicants to provide a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. As of October 1, 2003, the DUNS number is required whether an applicant is submitting a paper or electronic application. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or by visiting Dun and Bradstreet online.

A. Elements of a
    Grant Proposal

Foundation Center: How do I write a proposal?

The Center for Nonprofit Management: Step-by-step guide

B. Letter of Inquiry

Links to examples of letters of inquiry

Non-Profit Guides: Letter of inquiry sample

C. Cover Letter Non-Profit Guides: Sample cover letter and cover sheet

D. Grant Proposal
    Development and

CRS Report: How to Develop and Write a Grant Proposal

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Developing and writing grant proposals

Tips for Writing Grant Proposals courtesy of the of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development Links to information about grant writing and proposal development

Non-Profit Guides: Comprehensive grant writing guide that includes examples

University of Pittsburgh: Links to proposal writing sites

University of Vermont: Information on grant writing

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Proposal writing

The Foundation Center: A proposal-writing short course


The Learning Space: Grant writing tips geared toward education-focused grants

University of Massachusetts-Lowell: Educator's guide to beginning grant writing

E. Grant Application
Common Grant Application

Non-Profit Guides:

A sample private grant application

A sample public planning grant application

Need More Help? Contact Senator Murray’s Grant Coordinator

A member of my Seattle staff specializes in grants. My Grants Coordinator may be able to:

  • Identify additional grants for which your project may be eligible
  • Check the status of your grant application with a federal agency.
  • Supply a letter of support - to do this the following information needs to be provided:
    • The name of the federal grant you are applying for and what federal agency it falls under
    • A project abstract of draft letter of support
    • A contact person within the agency to address the letter of support to
    • A deadline for when the letter needs to be submitted.  Please allow two weeks for our office to produce a letter of support

Before you call, please:

  • Make sure you’ve read the 4 Myths
  • Review the FAQs
  • Have a clear idea of your project
  • Do a grants search through the CFDA and the agency website.
  • If you’ve already applied for a federal grant, please have the CFDA number available. If you do not know the CFDA number, please have the name of the grant and the agency that administers it.

Call (206) 553-5545 and ask for the Grant Coordinator.