What Is a Grant Application?

By: Dusty Arlia
Published on April 1, 2012
Last Updated on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 3:26 PM
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A grant application is a written statement of what you or your organization (the grantee) proposes to do when the grantor fulfills your request for funding. A government grant or cooperative agreement application is a written funding request that you use to ask for money from a government agency. Government grant applications are all unique to each of the 26 US federal grant-making agencies. Each NOFA (Notices of Funding Availability) or RFA (Request for Applications) has different funding guidelines that need to be met. As an applicant, you will need to meet all these requirements in your application. Government grant applications generally require that you write responses for these sections:

  • Executive summary or abstract
  • Statement of need or statement of the problem
  • Program design or methodology
  • Adequacy of resources or key personnel
  • Evaluation plan
  • Organization background/ history or organization capability
  • Sustainability statement
  • Budget

A foundation or corporate grant application typically takes the form of a grant proposal.