How to Follow Up on a Proposal Rejection
Jewish student unions won't always be successful in their attempts to raise funds. Some proposals for funding will bring in thousands of dollars. Others will be turned down. Receiving a rejection letter is not pleasant, but a rejection needn't be felt as a failure, rather it can be an opportunity to learn and improve.
The most important response to a rejection letter is not to take it personally. If a proposal gets rejected, it means you are out there asking. You are doing what you should be doing. Hopefully you have sent your proposal to other appropriate foundations and organizations and at least one of these will respond positively.
Although there might be several reasons for turning down a proposal, the usual ones are that the foundation ran out of money; the timing of the application is off; the request is vague; or the foundation is not interested in the subject.
It's important to take your cue from the foundation or organization, either from the rejection letter or from the follow-up call to staff. They may encourage you to resubmit your application but with a number of changes or for a different project.
Even if a foundation is not interested in funding the particular project you submitted, keep the lines of communication open and remain respectful to nurture the opportunity for future funding.