BAIS 380 & MAIS 650
April 12, 2021
Objective: Students will utilize their natural skills and the skills learned in this course to create a robust and comprehensive Advocacy Plan. The final Advocacy plan will serve as a creative and written sample for students to use when applying for jobs or internships.
Students will be required to write a grant requesting a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to fund a project that supports the larger Advocacy Plan.
• Note: You can request a larger amount of funding, please make sure to create a tracking and reporting matrix to justify how you will spend the money you request.
Your grant must include the following:
• Executive Summary (100 words – 150 words):
o Who are you?
o Why are you the individual or organization to carry out the project?
• Summary of Project (300 words – 400 words):
o Think Big Picture!
• Collaboration with community partners to draft a report on needs with respect to the environment;
• Youth Academy for better access to the state’s Youth Commission;
• Statewide survey and education on hallucinogens with respect to the War on Drugs.
• Needs Assessment (100 words – 200 words):
o Where do you plan to implement this project?
o What is the data you have or don’t have to run this project?
• Program Design:
o How are you going to operationalize your program?
§ Description (Activities):
• This section can be made through short and concise bullet points
o Minimum: $10,000
o Maximum :$20,000
§ Don’t forget to pay yourself!
o $10,000 – Salary over 3 months
o $6,000 – Stipends for those involved
o $1,500 – Transportation
o $1,500 – Interpretation
o $1,000 – Food
• Out of 50 Points
o Each section is worth 10 points
• 12-size font;
• Clear Formatting; and
• Times New Roman.
Due Date: Please send me an electronic copy before 2 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2019. There will be NO extensions for the Advocacy Plans.
If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com, schedule an appointment, or come to office hours on Monday’s, 3 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
[Letterhead or Resume Header]
Delivered via [Electronic Mail, USPS Mail, FedEx etc]
Date: Month Day, Year
[Foundation or Grant maker]
Attn: [Who is the grant manager or who are you communicating with]
City, State, Zip Code
RE: Letter of Intent (Grant Cycle YY-YY) Project Name:
Dear [Prefix] [Grant Manager’s Name], Introduction:
• Your Name and what your title or position is
o If you don’t have a title or position, explain who you are:
§ Immigrant Rights Advocate
§ Defender of Human Rights
§ Housing Security Advocate
• State Gratitude
o “I am humbled…”
o “Our team is grateful for this opportunity”
• Window of Passion
o Get the reader excited about who you are and what you will be proposing!
• Brief history of your organization, in this case for those that do not belong to an agency, a consolidated 6-word Memoir Essay
• You can also include the work you have done that is relevant to this proposal
o Do not sell yourself short
• Briefly state the problem or issue you want to solve
o Do not exaggerate, make it real
• How much money will you be requesting?
o Usually, grant managers or RFP’s will include the range of money you can ask for OR they’ll limit the amount
o Do not be afraid to ask for the highest amount!
• State your Deliverables and Timeline
o How much can you accomplish with the money?
§ Quantify your time and your actions!
• For example: $20,000 for 10 job trainings for 20 family units
o In your longer piece, you will breakdown these numbers
o Foundations and Grant makers will include a grant cycle for you, if so, base your project around that. If there is not a timeline, you need to create one.
§ Ensure that your grant is no longer than one (1) year
• Unless you can justify a 2-3 year project, or if the grant expresses the interest of a renewed contract.
• Summarize your goal!
o What is the intended outcome of your project?
o What will separate your proposal from other applicants?
§ Remember: cutting-edge, brand-new, revolutionary etc
Your last sentence should express gratitude and the best means of contacting you
• “If you have any additional questions or if you would like to provide feedback, you can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”