Have you ever been asked by a funder, board, or policy maker for a brief, one or two-page paper on the project that you want to be funded by grants or other resources? This is where developing a concept paper can help you and your team get the ball rolling on a new project. A concept paper can save you and decision makers time by providing a platform for moving the discussion along and offering feedback on ideas that are more likely to be funded.
This week on GrantChat, Kimberly Tso, GPC, president, and owner of Velocity Ink, is taking the community through concept papers and their place in the project and grant development process.
Q1: Have you had to submit concept papers instead of LOIs or proposals (or as a lead into a proposal)? #grantchat
Q2: Who asked for the concept paper? Who read them? #grantchat
Q3: Why do you think some funders use them? #grantchat
Q4: What distinguishes a concept paper from an LOI? Are there differences in tone, format, and/or content? #grantchat
Q5: Concept papers tend to be free-form. What kind of structure do you use to help you to write?#grantchat
Q6: Do you prefer writing free form or to be given a rigid structure for writing? #grantchat
Q7: Is there anything you would say a concept paper is not? #grantchat
Q8: How do you know when your concept paper is “good enough” to turn in? When are you done? #grantchat
Q9: What have you seen happen as a result of your concept papers? #grantchat
Q10: What tips would you give to someone for writing concept papers? #grantchat
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