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The letter of inquiry is an increasingly common way for grantmakers and grant seekers to introduce themselves to each other. Knowing how to craft a persuasive letter of inquiry is an indispensable skill for successful grant writers.
And yet new grant writers are often intimidated by the letter of inquiry. For one thing, it seems like an extra step in an already long funding process. For another, funders often don’t specify what they want to see included in a letter of inquiry.
Over the next week, I’m going to clear away the fog surrounding letters of inquiry.
I’ll explain what they are, what they aren’t, and why they are actually really useful tools for your organization. We’ll get into the nuts-and-bolts of writing a truly compelling letter of inquiry. I will also provide multiple sample letters, as well as a template that you can use to start writing your own.
Here is what you can expect over the next five days:
- Series Introduction: 5 Days to Writing an Irresistible Letter of Inquiry
- The Letter of Inquiry: What It Is, What It’s Not, and Why It’s Great for Your Organization
- How to Write a Truly Persuasive Letter of Inquiry
- Letter of Inquiry Template
- Revising Your Letter of Inquiry: 5 Essential Qualities
By the time the series is over you should be fully equipped to write your own irresistible letter of inquiry. If you have questions about letters of inquiry, please leave them in the comments section below. I will try to answer as many as I can. They may become future blog posts too.
By the way, the featured image for each post in this series is of a letter that changed the world. Today’s letter is one Gandhi sent to British officials when he was under house arrest in 1943.
And here’s a fun bonus video: Omar Ahmad, the former mayor of San Carlos, California, speaking at TED 2010 on the enduring political power of the handwritten letter:
The Grant Writing Process: 11 Basic Steps (PDF & Checklist)
Writing grants for your organization is an adventure.
You wouldn't set out on an epic hike without at least a general understanding of the terrain ahead. So why would you set out on your grantseeking journey without an overview of what lies in store?
This eight-page PDF and checklist are the perfect place to start.