More and more foundations and corporations are accepting proposals online, and, in some cases, they restrict their application process to online requests only. Others take letters of inquiry over the Internet while still requiring a hard copy proposal.

To put your organization's request in the best possible position, we recommend strict adherence to a funder's application guidelines and procedures, so understanding how they want to receive the application is important. Some of the forms utilized for electronic submissions may have a fixed number of characters for various elements, so it's wise to prepare your thoughts in advance before entering your text.

When using Foundation Directory Online, look at the Applications section for information about how to approach the funder. The Contact section also provides web addresses, where available, so you can consult the funder's website. You can search Foundation Directory Online for free at our libraries and Funding Information Network locations.

You also can explore a foundation's web site for application information, or simply search the Internet for the keywords, "online (grant application OR proposal)".

See related Knowledge Base articles on this topic:

- How do I find grants for my nonprofit?
- Where can I find information on online fundraising?
- Where can I find Common Grant Application forms?

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