Format of Purpose Statement

For grants originating with New York grants officers, the purpose statement should be a concise andsimple sentence fragment that completes the sentence “The purpose of the grant is...” It should beginwith a lowercase “to” and end without punctuation. An example would be: “to support the HumanRights Project”. There has been conflicting guidance from different departments regarding purposestatements. The Legal Department prefers more detailed purpose statements, because it makes it easierfor grant letter signatories to understand what the grant is about; the Accounting Department likesshort and concise purpose statements for the tax return. A challenge for Grants Officers is to navigatebetween these two priorities. In Budapest, the purpose field is less important, as the Protect Title field ismerged into grant contracts.


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