Consider yourself a matchmaker. An important part of your job as you seek foundation grants is to identify and nurture successful matches between your station and potential funders.
There are four principal ways to begin a conversation with a foundation regarding the possibility of a grant.
So, you've gathered information about the project you want to propose to a foundation, you've researched the foundation, and you've determined that there is a reasonable fit.
Is successful grantseeking all about "who you know?" No, it's not. But who you know - and who knows you - does matter.
Most foundation proposals that you submit will be accompanied by a series of standard attachments - documents that provide additional information and support for your request.