Grant Writing 102

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This session is all about efficient grant writing and how to make the most of the proposals you write. First, well look at the broad concepts of grant writing what to do and what not to do in terms of background, writing style, timing, etc. Then well take an in-depth look at each of the proposals sections with an eye toward creating content that puts your agency in the best light.

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<ul><li> 1. Grant Writing 102 Hillel Bromberg May 30, 2012A Service Of: Sponsored by: </li> <li> 2. INTEGRATED PLANNING Advising nonprofits in: www.synthesispartnership.com Strategy Planning (617) 969-1881 Organizational Development info@synthesispartnership.comA Service Of: Sponsored by: </li> <li> 3. Affordable collaborative data management in the cloud.A Service Of: Sponsored by: </li> <li> 4. Todays Speaker Hillel Bromberg Director of Grants Development and Administration, Families United in Educational LeadershipAssisting with chat questions: Hosting:April Hunt, Nonprofit Webinars Sam Frank, Synthesis PartnershipA Service Of: Sponsored by: </li> <li> 5. Grant Writing 102 orHow to impress the pants off the funders Hillel Bromberg </li> <li> 6. Broad Concepts The proposal comes last Appropriate funders vs. scattershot Do your homework </li> <li> 7. Broad Concepts Approach Sales pitch Focus on the meeting the funders needs, not your agencys </li> <li> 8. Broad Concepts Teamwork Grant writing is a group effort Leave time to review, not just write Use outside reviewers at the final stages </li> <li> 9. Broad ConceptsDONT SLIP THE DEADLINE!! </li> <li> 10. Broad Concepts Leverage your rejections Rejections are not the end of the process Request reviewers comments Read the winning application(s) Revise and reapply </li> <li> 11. Broad Concepts Writing Style Not academic, journalistic, etc. Short sentences Subheads Energetic, concise, direct writing Avoid jargon PROOFREAD! Have zero tolerance for errors in spelling, formatting, etc. </li> <li> 12. Parts of the proposal Letter of Intent Your purpose is not to describe the workings of the program, but to get the reader to invite a proposal. Concise Compelling Clear Get the reader excited </li> <li> 13. Parts of the proposalPart I About the organization (message)Build trust by describing: Your mission Whom you serve Track record of achievement List your programs Size of budget Location Who runs the organization </li> <li> 14. Parts of the proposal Part I About the organization (content) History Goals &amp; objectives (short &amp; long term) Programs &amp; services Organizational structure (board, staff, volunteers) </li> <li> 15. Parts of the proposal Part II About the program/project Description of the program/project Dont assume what the funder knows Describe your target audience (quantity, demographics, geography, etc.) What project planning have you already done? Use the minds eye test </li> <li> 16. Parts of the proposal Part II About the program/projectDescription of need (what is the issue you plan to address? What is your approach? What research supports your idea? How does your strategy differ from others in the field?) Why is this situation important? What research did you do? Tell a story </li> <li> 17. Parts of the proposal Part II About the program/project Specific activities (including information about service delivery and/or timeline) Your work plan what are you doing about this problem? What are your outputs? How many units of service will you deliver over what time frame? Who is doing the work and what are their credentials? When and where will the work happen? </li> <li> 18. Parts of the proposal Part II About the program/projectObjectives and goals for this request (how will this grant strengthen the organization, address the issues, make improvements, or achieve success?) Prime question: what will change about your world as a result of your program/project? </li> <li> 19. Parts of the proposal Part II About the program/project Evaluation (what are the anticipated outcomes and how will you know if you are successful?) Key: be sure your evaluation plan is achievable given your resources. If the evaluation will cost money, put that cost into the project budget </li> <li> 20. Parts of the proposal Part II About the program/project Other aka, conclusion Summary of your appeal Mimic the funders words </li> <li> 21. The Clowes Fund works hard to build an equitable society whereindividuals increase their own knowledge and take the initiativetoward their own success. Similarly, FUEL takes a very directapproach to this problem by engaging low-income families andgiving them the understanding and tools they need to access highereducation. We believe that family ambition and engagement areessential to individual students educational success and we striveto help underserved families gain the education that will help themmove out of poverty and take their place in the economic and socialmainstream. With support from the Clowes Fund, FUEL will be ableto continue and expand its efforts with low-income and immigrantfamilies so they can realize their dreams of a higher educationand economic advancement. </li> <li> 22. Clowes mission: The Clowes Fund, a family foundation, seeks toenhance the common good by encouraging organizations andprojects that help to build a just and equitable society, createopportunities for initiative, foster creativity and the growth ofknowledge, and promote appreciation of the natural environment.The Clowes Fund works hard to build an equitable society whereindividuals increase their own knowledge and take the initiativetoward their own success. Similarly, FUEL takes a very directapproach to this problem by engaging low-income families andgiving them the understanding and tools they need to access highereducation. We believe that family ambition and engagement areessential to individual students educational success and we striveto help underserved families gain the education that will help themmove out of poverty and take their place in the economic and socialmainstream. With support from the Clowes Fund, FUEL will be ableto continue and expand its efforts with low-income and immigrantfamilies so they can realize their dreams of a higher educationand economic advancement. </li> <li> 23. Clowes mission: The Clowes Fund, a family foundation, seeks toenhance the common good by encouraging organizations andprojects that help to build a just and equitable society, createopportunities for initiative, foster creativity and the growth ofknowledge, and promote appreciation of the natural environment.The Clowes Fund works hard to build an equitable society whereindividuals increase their own knowledge and take the initiativetoward their own success. Similarly, FUEL takes a very directapproach to this problem by engaging low-income families andgiving them the understanding and tools they need to access highereducation. We believe that family ambition and engagement areessential to individual students educational success and we striveto help underserved families gain the education that will help themmove out of poverty and take their place in the economic and socialmainstream. With support from the Clowes Fund, FUEL will be ableto continue and expand its efforts with low-income and immigrantfamilies so they can realize their dreams of a higher educationand economic advancement. </li> <li> 24. Parts of the proposal BudgetExpenses divide into three sections: personnel expenses direct project expenses administrative or overhead expenses </li> <li> 25. Parts of the proposal BudgetIncome divides into: Earned income Contributed income Cash In-kind Show whether each is received, committed, pending, or to be submitted Ok to fill in the gap with Other funders (to be submitted) </li> <li> 26. Parts of the proposal Supplementary materials IRS letter Board of directors Most recent fiscal audit Budget Next years budget (sometimes) Other: annual report, newsletter, charts, etc. </li> <li> 27. Pulling it all together Have someone else review Add a cover letter Check guideline to see how many copies they want and how to format them. Add divider sheets with list of supplementary materials Make it a neat presentation Get it in on time! </li> <li> 28. Grant Writing 102Hillel Brombergwordwise@rcn.com 781-258-0124 </li> <li> 29. Find listings for our current season of webinars and register at: NonprofitWebinars.comA Service Of: Sponsored by: </li> </ul>