(This post is from Katie Artzner, the Foundation Center's online reference specialist.)
A: Common grant application forms are tools used by some communities of grantmakers in an effort to standardize the proposal process for their applicants. Common forms allow applicants to produce a single, standardized proposal that a community of grantmakers has agreed to accept. Typically, common grant application forms are shared by grantmakers in the same geographic region. For example, some Ohio foundations accept the Ohio Grant Forms, which were developed by Ohio Grantmakers Forum to streamline grantseeking, grantmaking and reporting. The Foundation Center's web site has links to more than a dozen common grant application forms currently in use in various regions of the U.S.
Not all foundations accept common grant application forms. As with any grantseeking endeavor, it is important to perform adequate research on prospective donors to ensure that your program aligns with their interests and that you are following their application guidelines.
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