Using Requests for Proposals with Good Neighbor Committees

Using Request for Proposals (RFP). RFPs, as they’re often called, can come in many forms, from simple one-page information sheets to elaborate formal documents many pages long:

“Our committee’s preference is to keep them short, simple, and informal, so that busy people in local nonprofit organizations can determine quickly and easily whether to contact us and learn more about submitting a proposal, and how to do so. We give potential applicants a one-page description of our mission and a short list of the documents they will need to send us in order to be considered for a grant.”

“We encourage organizations to contact us first, before sending a full application, so they don’t do unnecessary work. We also outline important information about our committee’s process: a date by which applicants can expect to hear back from us, the fact that we will conduct a site visit to meet with potential grantees, and so forth.”

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