A proposal (invited or competitive) is a plan for a project that you submit to a potential funding source. It usually includes a brief project overview, justification, objectives, desired outcomes and a budget. (We write proposals)
A grant is what the funding source gives you when they choose to fund your project. (We receive grants)
Grants usually result in some kind of formal document - a contract, Memorandum of Understanding or an agreement - that specifies the terms and expectations of the grant for all parties involved. Contracts, agreements and MOUs are each legally binding. When OSU signs contracts and agreements we are making a promise to do something in exchange for some kind of compensation. Any contract, agreement, MOU or other document requiring signature must be forwarded for central review of all language, terms & conditions and to determine appropriate signature. Please email to Angie LeMaster.
Templates for External Extension Partnerships
Memorandum of Understanding
Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) formalize a working relationship between Extension and a community organization. If the organization has no agreement already written, this template can be used to satisfy conditions of both OSUE and the organization.
Every MOU should:
Identify specific beneficial ways to work together
Be stated in simple, straightforward terms including payment for services or at zero cost
State a specified period of time with a start and end date.