Letters of Support: Create a Credible Commitment to Collaboration

Letters of Support

Collaboration can be key to the success of your grant application. Detailing how the efforts and expertise of others contributes to the delivery of your project reduces duplicative efforts, improves overall outcomes and develops important relationships within the community of involved organisations. In order to formalise and demonstrate the validity of these partnerships within a grant application, a Letter of Support is often mandatory or highly encouraged.

What is the Purpose of a Letter of Support?

A Letter of Support validates the credibility of your collaborative application. This testimony signifies your project has the potential to deliver the proposed results. It provides a compelling and persuasive reason for a funder to support your grant application. A Letter of Support outlines the significance of the partnership and is often written by an influential member of the partner organisation (i.e., CEO, CTO, General Manager etc.). It will represent the applicant institution’s commitment to the project and outline their specific role within the project. This document will align with the information provided in the grant application, including realistic timelines, project relevance and organisational investment.

A Letter of Support in Australia is often used interchangeably with Letter of Commitment and when a funder requests an applicant to submit letters, in most cases they are referring the aforementioned (grant guidelines will usually indicate what information is required within a Letter of Support for that specific grant). Letters supporting your project from organisations or cohorts that may benefit directly from the outcomes of the project, or organisations that have related missions or goals, can also strengthen your grant application and the validity of your request (even when these letters are not mandatory attachments for the application).

This may be referred to as ‘supporting documentation’ and may be attached along with related media articles, interviews, architectural drawings and other related materials.