A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a non-legally binding document, that describes the commitment of roles and responsibilities for each partner. It is often used because it has more teeth than a Letter of Commitment.
8 Tips to Create a Strong MOU
1. Formatting Tips!
- Be succinct
- Include the logo of your partner
- Include page numbers
- Keep the final commitment page and signature page separate. AND be sure the MOU is signed and dated!
- Include the full name of partners and the grant program name
- Include 'Memorandum of Understanding' in the header
3. Description of Partner Agencies
- Identify the background of partners (i.e. When were they founded? What type of organization are they?)
- Explain and efforts completed that are related to the grant
4. History of Partnership
- When was it first established and list any past partnership accomplishments
5. Development of the Application
- How did you come up with this part of the project, who was involved, why was the project even developed?
- This is where you fill in all the context components
6. Roles and Responsibilities
- What is their role in the project? Don't forget to explain who is responsible for what - so no one can question their role as it will be explicitly laid out
- How long will this specific partnership take place for? (the duration of the grant project)
8. The Commitment of Partnership and Signatures
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