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Application Requirements

The grant application must include the following:

1.††††† A title or cover page, including the name, address, email, and telephone number of the contact person; the title of the project; and the amount of funding being requested.† The cover page should also include a one-sentence description of the project.

2.††††† A one-page summary of your proposal. The summary must include the name of the applicant, the project title, a summary of the target problem, the steps proposed to address the problem, the projectís overall objectives, and the funding amount requested. It should also include a brief description of the applicant, any affiliation of the applicant with Yale Law School, the geographic area in which the project will take place, the population targeted by the project (if any), and the name of any sponsoring organization. The typed summary must fit on one side of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper.

3.††††† A description of the project, not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages, addressing the following points:

a.††††† The need or problem that the project addresses. Include a discussion of what, if anything, has been done already in the area of need and by whom; why past efforts have been inadequate; the expected impact of your project; the geographical focus of the project; the target group; and the effect of the project on the problems mentioned.

b.††††† Project goals. Discuss your specific goals for the project, steps you will take to reach your goals, and how they relate to the needs you discussed. You may want to frame the goals in terms of benchmarks or milestones against which you will be able to measure your progress. Include a proposed timeline. Describe work already performed and other information regarding the background or preparation for the project. If the project has been established, describe the history and success of past efforts.

c.††††† The overall budget for the project. Include an itemized list of the projectís annual expenses and sources of funding (including in-kind support). For each source of funding other than the Initiative, state whether the proposed project has already received a commitment and, if not, when one is expected. Set out any factors, conditions, or events upon which the support is contingent. Discuss how you imagine supporting the project after its first year (if the project will continue).† If possible, please indicate whether your project could proceed if awarded a partial grant.

d.††††† A description of your relevant experience, relevant personal background, and commitment to the project and/or the population to be served. Also, describe the roles and experience of other people expected to be involved in the project.

e.††††† A description of the sponsoring organization, if any, detailing its experience and how it can contribute to the success of the project. Discuss the ways in which the project will relate to the sponsoring organization. If there is a sponsoring organization, include a brochure and the most recent annual budget available. The budget should be sufficiently detailed to demonstrate the organizationís ability or inability to fund the proposal itself.† Please also discuss potential allies or existing organizations who might provide other assistance to the project.

4.††††† Other supporting material, including:

a.††††† Resume(s) of the applicant(s).

b.††††† Up to three letters of support from people who either know your work well or are very familiar with the proposed project. If you plan to work with a sponsoring organization, a letter from a representative of the organization may be particularly useful. Please do not ask persons currently serving on the Initiative's Board of Directors to write letters of support.

c.††††† Any other information pertaining to your proposal or its sponsors that you consider relevant.

Submission Information

  • Applications and letters of support must be received no later than March 15, 2014. All late proposals will be returned to the applicant without consideration.
  • Twenty-five (25) copies of the one-page project summary and four (4) copies of the full grant proposal including your resume must be submitted in order for an application to be considered (applicants need only submit one copy of each letter of support and the organization brochure). Any application not including sufficient copies will be returned to the applicant without consideration.
  • Applications should be sent to the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale, P.O. Box 200100; New Haven, CT 06520. Proposals sent other than by U.S. mail should be sent to Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale, 127 Wall Street; New Haven, CT 06511.