Proposal Guidelines

Be sure to establish a connection between your proposal's goals and LIFE International’s mission and vision. Focus on detail, clarity, and conciseness, while conveying the anticipated impact of the proposal on the need or problem. Your proposal should condense all of the key information into the following main elements.

The following information while be required for the online submission process. Please have the necessary information ready before beginning the online Proposal Form.


Organization Name, Address, City, State:, Zip Code, Country, Contact Name, Title, Telephone, Fax, E-mail Address



  • the name of your organization,
  • your organization's mission,
  • a very brief summary description of the project
  • the total proposed project/program budget,
  • the amount needed or requested, and
  • how your request fits LIFE International's mission and vision.


(one paragraph)


The organization description should be short and to the point, and focus on the ability of your organization to meet the stated need. Provide:

  • a very brief history and description of your current programs (impact to date),
  • your organization's total annual general operating budget, and
  • your organization's fiscal year (the period of time used by your government for accounting and budget purposes).

Description of Your Organization

(one paragraph)


The statement of need is an essential element of the grant proposal, and must convince the reader that there is an important need that can be met by your project. Include:

  • the problem/need being addressed,
  • how the proposed program/project will meet that need,
  • a description of the target population and geographical area, and
  • how your project or program will promote long-term change.

Statement of Need


Describe the project in more detail, including major activities and your desired objectives.

How You Will Meet The Need


If you are requesting partial funding for the program/project, describe how remaining funding will be obtained. Include:

  • other entities/organizations being approached,
  • already secured, raised, or committed funding, and
  • how you expect to support the project activities after the initial time period.

Other Funding Sources

(one paragraph)


The final summary restates the intent of the project, affirms your readiness to answer further questions, and thanks the potential funder for its consideration.


(one paragraph)

Provided here are two sample grant proposals. Please look at how they support the guidelines outlined above. 

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