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Application Requirements

  • Applications and letters of support must be submitted electronically by no later than 11:59PM on March 8, 2015. All late proposals will be returned to the applicant without consideration.
  • Applications and recommendation letters should be addressed to the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale, P.O. Box 200100; New Haven, CT 06520.
  • We are asking all applications to be submitted electronically to InitiativeForPublicInterest@gmail.com and as one PDF document. Application in any other format will not be accepted.
  • Please save your PDF file as “[Your Name] – 2015 Grant Application.”

The grant application must include the following items, IN THE ORDER LISTED. Please use 12-pt Times New Roman when typing your application materials.

  1. A title or cover page, including the name, address, email, and telephone number of the contact person; the title of the project; location of the project; and the amount of funding being requested. The cover page should also include a one-sentence description of the project. Please also indicate on the title page if you an alum of the Initiative (year and position). You may find a sample cover page here.
  2. A one-page summary of your proposal. The summary must include the title of the project, a summary of the target problem, the population targeted by the project (if any), the steps proposed to address the problem, the project’s overall objectives, name of sponsoring organization(s), and the funding amount requested. It should also include a brief description of the applicant. 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 (does not have to be in this specific order, but does have to cover all the information):
  4. 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 project’s 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 organization’s ability or inability to fund the proposal itself. Please also discuss potential allies or existing organizations who might provide other assistance to the project.

  5. Resume
  6. Letters of Support: 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.
  7. Other Supplemental Materials (Optional): Any other information pertaining to your proposal or its sponsors that you consider relevant. In the past, applicants have submitted brochures from their organizations or news articles that talk about the problem targeted by the project. This is not required.