GEN Fellowship Group Application Form

Organization Profile
Program Manager Profile
Educational Institution (if applicable)

Please attach relevant and current promotional materials you feel represent your organization and its work

The organization statement is an important part of the application because it allows you to represent your team in a way beyond your programs and other public statistics. In 1000 words or less, prepare an essay that describes your organization and why you are applying for a GEN grant.

Executive Summary

The executive summary is one of the most important parts of the proposal. It should provide a picture of the overall program and summarize all of the key information. This section must grab the reader’s attention and convince the reader that this project should be considered for support. Be certain to include:

Problem – A brief statement about the problem your group has identified and is prepared to address (1-2 paragraphs)

Solution – A short description of the project including what will happen, how many people will benefit, how will it be implemented, where will it take place, for how long, and who is on the project team (1-2 paragraphs)

Organization and Expertise – A brief statement of your organization's history, purpose, and relevant history of activities and capacity to implement your GEN project

The next step is to build the reader’s interest in the project by helping the reader understand the problem that your group seeks to remedy. The statement of need teaches the reader more about the relevant issues. It presents the facts and evidence that support the need for the project and establishes that your organization understand the problems and therefore can reasonably address them. Make sure to check the source of your information and only use reliable sources with up to date information.

Project Description

This section describes the technical details of the project in a way that continues to build the interest of the reader. This section should have four subsections: objectives, methods, staffing/administration, and evaluation.

Objectives – These are the measurable outcomes of the program. The objectives must be tangible, specific, concrete, measurable and achievable in a specific amount of time. These are not the same as goals, which are more abstract than objectives.

Methods – The methods describe the specific activities that will take place to achieve the objectives.

How - This is a detailed description of what will occur from the time the project begins until completion.

When – Present the order and timing for the various tasks. It might be helpful to make a timetable to present this information.

Why – Your organization needs to defend the chosen methods and show why they are the best way to proceed. Why will this plan work?

Please briefly describe your vision for the future of this project. How will your project continue to impact the targeted community beyond the duration of this program? How might it expand to reach an increased number of beneficiaries?

Staff and Administration – Discuss the number of staff, their qualifications, and specific assignments. Details about individual staff members can be included here. Staff can be volunteers, consultants as well as paid members of the team.

Evaluation – This section describes how your organization and Future Generations China will know if the proposed project is successful or not. If done well, evaluation answers the following questions:

Did the desired outcomes occur?

Did they result from my program’s intervention?

Were the strategies adopted the correct ones, or were there approaches that would have been more effective?

Is the impact on the nonprofit’s audience discernible and will it last?