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1 Turning Your Dreams into Dollars – Grant Writing Basics David Young, Community Health Specialist, Research Professor, College of Nursing, MSU (406)

2 Where are We Going? Fundamentals Key components Resources Important tips Performance measures Hallmarks of successful proposals Common mistakes resulting in no funding Hands on fun time

3 Fundamentals

4 Passion for the Project

5 Fundamentals Start EARLY Do your homework Match your idea with a funding source Make contact with the funding source Read and re-read the guidelines Consider collaborators/partners Review a successful proposal

6 Ideas for Grants

7 Key Components Title that fits the project Statement of need/significance of the problem Goal(s) and objectives Proposed approach/work plan/methods Evaluation/performance metrics/outcomes Model project/replication elsewhere Budget and budget justification

8 Resources Grants.gov Federal Register Individual Federal Agencies Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Foundation Center Chronicle of Philanthropy Local Colleges & Universities Montana Foundation Directory Montana Community Foundation

9 Important Tips Have a novel/creative/new idea Collect well-documented background info/stats Contact the funder Enlist key collaborators/partners Watch for pre-submission webinars Review a successful proposal Proofread! Have ZERO tolerance for mistakes Have others review your proposal Request reviewers comments if not funded

10 Don’t Overstate the Need

11 Performance Measures INPUTSOUTPUTSOUTCOMES Program investments ActivitiesParticipationShortMedium What we invest What we do Who we reach What results SO WHAT?? What is the VALUE? Long- term

12 Hallmarks of Successful Proposals  Met all grant requirements  Clear concise justification/need  Clear goals and objectives  Good methodology or design  Qualified management/staffing  Adequate time period and funding  Good writing and editing

13 Reasons Proposals Fail

14 12 Reasons Proposals Fail* Bad ideas Good ideas poorly presented No documented need statement Lack of measureable objectives Target population not clearly identified Methods not well thought out * Miner, J. & L. Miner (2008) Proposal Planning & Writing. Greenwood Press.

15 12 Reasons Proposals Fail (con’t)* Weak evaluation approach Inadequate dissemination strategy Inexperienced project director Failure to follow application guidelines Insufficient pre-proposal contact Poor budget justification * Miner, J. & L. Miner (2008) Proposal Planning & Writing. Greenwood Press.

16 Connect the Dots

17 USDA FOA Focus Areas Healthy living behaviors, family interaction and environmental attributes in rural areas; Health literacy and its impact on health status in rural and farm families; and, or Related issues of health promotion and health care to rural individuals and families with information and training.

18 Health Enhancement for Rural Elderly (HERE) Goal – to enhance the health and well-being of rural elders to remain at home  Objective 1 – to improve the level of health literacy and health-related decision-making;  Objective 2 – to support and encourage improved self-care management;  Objective 3 – to engage and empower family members, friends, relatives and community members for appropriate caregiving and support services.

19 Health Literacy & Elderly 68% have difficulty interpreting numbers and performing calculations 71% have difficulty using print materials 80% have difficulty using forms and charts Only 3% are rated proficient in health literacy compared to 8-16% in other age groups High incidence of chronic health conditions and frequent users of health services

20 Poor Health Literacy Leads to: Lower use of preventive care services Greater use of emergency care Frequent hospitalizations Poor self-care management Unhealthy behaviors Poor health outcomes & premature deaths Higher health care costs (loss of $238 billion/year)

21 Approach/Design/Methodology Selected 4 Montana communities with high percentage of rural elderly Recruited 4 key community partners:  Extension Agent  Senior Center Director  Public Health Nurse  Public Librarian

22 Approach (con’t) Implemented 4 interventions in the 4 rural Montana communities:  My Health Companion© - simple way to track and maintain health information;  ‘Hands-on’ Workshops – guiding elderly on computers seeking web-based health information;  Health Information Webinars – five webinars on health- related information for elders;  Powerful Tools for Caregivers© - held train-the-trainer workshops on self-care and caregiving.

23 Participating Communities Community Population% Elderly 65 & Over Forsyth1, Scobey Terry Wibaux Montana974, United States307,006,

24 Interventions & Participants InterventionDescriptionParticipants My Health Companion© A simple and effective way for tracking and maintaining health information 68 Powerful Tools for Caregivers A train-the-trainer workshop focused on appropriate self-care for those involved in informal caregiving 12 Prescription for Success A 'hands-on' workshop guiding elderly to quality web-based health information 41 Health Information Webinars A series of five monthly webinars on health-related information for elders 152

25 Key Findings Senior Centers are hubs of activity in rural communities Two subsets of seniors were found with respect to computer literacy and level of interest in participation in the program Rural research projects have limitations Powerful Tools for Caregivers was the most popular intervention

26 Lessons Learned Local committed stakeholders are critical to the success of a rural project Selecting the appropriate ‘hub’ in the community for activities is important Ample lead time is needed for a rural research project conducted at a remote location Local high school students could help seniors with computer skills and health information searches on the internet

27 Health Enhancement for Rural Elderly (HERE)

28 HERE Project Publication Young, D.M, Weinert, C. & Spring, A Home on the Range – Health Literacy, Rural Elderly, Well-Being. Journal of Extension Vol 50; No 3 (article Number 3FEA2).

29 Q & A

30 Turning Dreams Into Dollars


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