Fund for the Blind, Inc.

Proposal Guidelines

Below contains important content information on what the Lavelle Fund for the Blind requires when submitting a proposal.

  • Cover Letter
    A brief cover letter, on your organization’s letterhead, should be signed by the executive director. The letter should include a one-paragraph summary of the request, including amount and purpose.  It should also indicate the name, phone number and email address of the contact person for this proposal, if other than the executive director.
  • Narrative
    The narrative description of the project for which funding is sought should be no more than 10 pages long

A.  Background

Describe the work of your agency, addressing each of the following:

  1. A brief description of your organization’s history and mission.
  2. The need or problem that your organization works to address, and the population that your agency serves, including visual and other impairments, geographic location, age-range and, if known, socio-economic status, race, and gender.
  3. Current programs and accomplishments.  Please emphasize recent achievements.
  4. Number of paid full-time staff; number of paid part-time staff; and number of volunteers.
  5. A brief summary of your organization’s key relationships — both formal and informal — with other organizations working to meet the same needs or providing similar services.  Please explain briefly how you differ from these agencies.

B.  Funding Request

Please describe the project for which you seek funding, including:

  1. The project’s goal(s) and objectives.
  2. A brief summary of the need or problem that you are seeking to address, including relevant supporting statistics.
  3. The population that you plan to serve and how this population will benefit from the project.  Please indicate the total number of people to be served, their age range, the nature of their visual impairment (and non-visual impairments, if any), and the geographic area from which they will be drawn.
  4. Strategies that you will employ to implement your project.
  5. The names and qualifications of the key people who will be responsible for achieving the anticipated results.
  6. Anticipated timeline for the project.
  7. Expectations regarding the project’s level of activity three years from now.  Please estimate the number of people to be served, project budget, and key sources of project support.

C.  Evaluation

Please describe the results you expect to achieve under the grant and how you will assess project success.

  • Attachments
    Please provide each of the attachments listed below.

    A.  Financial Information: Please make sure that each document mentioned below indicates the dates of the financial period(s) covered.

  1. Your two most recent audited financial statements.
  2. Your operating expense budgets for the current and most recent fiscal years – preferably aligned side by side on the same page.
  3. A list of larger foundation and corporate supporters with grant amounts ($10,000 and over), for your most recent fiscal year.
  4. A current expense budget for the project for which you are requesting funding.  As appropriate, either:  (a) provide a complete budget narrative (a line-by-line explanation of each expense line in the proposed project budget) or (b) simply annotate any expense lines that are not self-explanatory.  List each staff line separately and include the percentage of time spent on the project.Note:  In the case of program-related capital expenses, professional cost estimates should be provided.
  5. A list of all sources of income for the project, actual and prospective, with amounts.  Please include here the applying organization’s own in-kind and or cash contributions to the project, if any.
B.  Other Supporting Materials
  1. A list of your board of directors, with their affiliations.
  2. A copy of your most recent IRS letter of determination indicating your agency’s tax exempt status.