When to Send a Letter of Intent
There are three considerations regarding letters of intent. First, you may not be required to write one at all. Second, you may be requested to write the letter, but not required to send it. Third, you have no choice. In this case, the letter of intent is a necessity, and it will have an absolute deadline for reaching the foundation or government office.
If the instructions say nothing at all about letters of intent, you can assume that it is neither required nor requested. When one is requested but not required, the instructions about a letter of intent say something like, “You are not required to submit a letter of intent, and doing so does not commit you to applying for this grant.”
Only submit a letter of intent when one is requested or required in the request for proposals. Pay attention to the deadline for submission of the letter; being late is the same as submitting no letter at all. Also differentiate between required and requested. If you do not submit a required letter of intent by the deadline, you will not be allowed to submit a full proposal for funding.
When a letter of intent is required, the instructions will say something like, “You are required to submit a letter (or notice) of intent to apply by 5:00