By: Heather B.P. Wallace
August 01, 2019
A successful proposal will always prioritize the development and discernment of young adults.
As FTE’s program manager for grant initiatives, I’m always excited to hear from folks who are interested in proposing grant projects to work with young adults as they discern who and where God is calling them to be in their lives and in their vocations. I often get asked, “Does FTE have a formula or set way of doing an internship or mentoring project?” The answer is NO.
Even though there isn’t a “formula” for writing the perfect grant proposal, here are seven helpful tips to keep in mind when applying for any of FTE’s grant opportunities.
Sometimes I receive calls about our Pastoral Internship Grants pertaining to the same scenario. The organization representative applying for the grant will tell me about the job description that will constitute the work of the intern for their stipend. This is a great example of a potential addendum to your proposal but keep in mind that a job description does not replace the proposal narrative. In this case, the proposal narrative should be more about how the congregation will mentor the intern(s), provide time for reflection and spiritual direction during the discernment process. An internship is a great opportunity to try on ministry, but it is also important for your grant proposal to include a plan that helps your intern with discerning who they are being called to be and what aspects of ministry might not be of interest to them.
I hope these tips and examples help you with writing your grant proposal and application. Visit fteleaders.org/grants-fellowships to apply for a grant today. Deadlines are quickly approaching for our next cycle. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or ideas you might have about FTE’s grant initiatives.
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