Presentation on theme: "Grant Writing Essentials"— Presentation transcript:
1 Grant Writing Essentials WelcomeGrant Writing EssentialsOctavia Kuransky, MS PsychologyPsychology for the Real World
2 Let’s Begin at the Beginning Why are there non-profits?
3 Funding is a 2-way street The Funder has Goals & ObjectivesThe Agency has Goals and Objectives
4 The goal of a proposal is to get agency & funder moving in the same direction
5 3 Steps to a Successful Proposal 1.Understand Your Program2.Understand Funder’s Program3.Understand How1 & 2 Fit TogetherFFundability
6 Learning Objectives for Today Components of a Successful Grant ProposalFundability of the ProjectResearch Methods to Locate Grants5 Most Common Mistakes5 Things Pro’s DoResources
7 Components of a Proposal Background on the ProgramEstablishing the NeedThe SolutionBenefit of the Solution (Outcomes and Objectives)BudgetList of Board of DirectorsAttachments
8 Grant Guidelines provide the specific details for a specific funder Information in grant guidelines include where the funder funds, what the funder funds, what the funder does not fund, eligibility requirements, important dates, priority funding areas and moreGrant guidelines change regularly
9 Grant Vocabulary (these are also elements of a proposal) Grant Guidelines – instructions from fundersMission – purpose of the agencyProgram – the overarching operationProject- more specific activity of the programGoals – general drive of the program (or project)Objective- specifics of the goalsOutcome – measurement of the resultsCollaboration – inter-agency work
10 Background of the program (suggested info for inclusion) How long has the program been in existence?What successes has the program had?What other agencies does the program work with? (collaborations)
11 Do You Know the Background of Your Agency? Write some background for your agency here:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
12 Establish the Need (suggested info for inclusion) What is the problem the program or the project addresses?How does the problem affect the community?How many people are affected?
13 What is the Need for Your Community? Describe the need for your community here.__________________________________
14 The Solution (suggested info for inclusion) How does your program or project address the solution? (This could be the same as the goal of the agency)What is the long term projected affect of your project?
15 The Central Alabama Women’s Business Center seeks to increase the financial stability of women by increasing the number of successful business start-ups in Jefferson and Walker counties.Example
16 How does your solution address the need in your community? __________________________________
17 A necessary part of the solution are measurable objectives and outcomes.
18 WBOP ObjectivesEducate 10 women in Jefferson County in business start upLaunch 6 women owned businesses in Jefferson CountyEducate 10 women in Walker County in business start upexample
19 What are the agency Objectives? Write your agency objectives here:__________________________________
20 Two (2) WBOP Outcomes example Six women participating in WBOP will learn business fundamentals including money managementSix women participating in WBOP will earn a minimum of $600 from their business as a result of their business in one yearexample
21 What are the agency Outcomes? Document your agency outcomes here:__________________________________
22 The Budget Needs to reflect reasonable expenditures for the project Some funders may have limits on% of project to programNeeds to respect funder’s historywith regard to fundingRequest needs to be sufficient toaddress the need
23 Attachments Funder grant guidelines will list required documents. Generally they are:The IRS determination letterThe program budgetMost recent tax returnList of BOD with affiliationsMost recent Audit
24 How To Find Funders Google (example) Alabama Association of Non-ProfitsFoundation CenterLook at the funders of similar agenciesGrants.gov (example)Alabamagiving.orgAlabama.grantwatch.com (cost $$$)
25 5 Most Common Mistakes New Grantseekers Make Mismatch on funding prioritiesLack of clarity on requestLack of clarity on benefitUnsubstantiated budgetAllow funding to drive program development
26 5 Things Pro Grant Seekers Do Read the grant guidelinesInterview with the FunderResearch the FunderConfirm the clarity of purpose for the requestInclude all requested materials
27 Additionally…The Board of DirectorsStart UpsFiscal Agents
28 Q and A ______________________ Thank you for your attendance and participation.