Definition of Grant Form Terms

We do our work in different contexts and cultures. As a result, words sometimes mean different things to people. Here's what we mean by these words in our grant management forms.

  • Organization - a prospective grantee organization with nonprofit 501(c)(3) status.
  • Program - a specific project with a start and finish timeline that contributes to advancing the mission of your organization
  • Letter of Intent - a brief questionnaire that determines your eligibility to apply, along with a description of the program for which you're requesting funding
  • Grant Application - a more detailed proposal about what you intend to do with funding, including specific program objectives and more details about your organization and community impact if program is funded
  • Follow Up Report - a detailed accounting of what you did with the funding, aligning with your intentions in the application objectives above
  • S.M.A.R.T. Program Objectives - statements written using the S.M.A.R.T. writing structure
  • Objectives - a component of a goal; a step within a goal
  • Goal - long-term things that you want to accomplish that include a series of objectives (steps) toward that goal

    Note:  Goals and objectives are often used interchangeably, but the main difference comes in their level of specificity. Objectives are very concrete, whereas goals are less structured and more big-picture focused; goals are often written as part of a strategic plan.