RFP is one of the most common grant writing acronyms. RFP in grant writing stands for “request for proposal.” Grantmakers, whether a foundation or a government entity, release RFPs ahead of a grant submission deadline.
What’s in an RFP?
The RFP contains everything you need to know as an applicant, from the submission guidelines and deadline to a grantmaker’s priorities and contact information. There might also be details about budget specifications, required attachments, response timeline, and more.
You may also see the acronyms RFA (Request for Application) and NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability). These are essentially the same as an RFP, though you’re more likely to see the NOFA acronym associated with government funding opportunities.
When there is no RFP
Not all foundation grantmakers release RFPs even though they’re currently issuing grant awards. They just don’t have a formal RFP release; their guidelines might be found on their websites or via the Foundation Directory Online. Foundations are more likely to release RFPs to announce one-time funding opportunities or new deadlines.
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