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1 Essential Ingredients for Acquiring Resources Jennifer Downey The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health Dean’s Office

2 Where Do You Start? Clearly define what it is you want

3 Where Do You Start? Clearly define what it is you want Research and cultivate appropriate funders

4 Funding Sources Public Federal State

5 Funding Sources Public Federal State Private Private foundations Corporate grantmakers Public charities Community foundations

6 Public Funding Resources Grants.gov Code of Federal Domestic Assistance Federal Register index.html

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10 Private Funding Resources Annual Register of Grant Support The Foundation Center (http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/) The Foundation Directory (http://fconline.fdncenter.org/) Hoover’s Online (www.hoovers.com)

11 Approaches to Research Subject approach

12 Approaches to Research Subject approach Geographic approach

13 Approaches to Research Subject approach Geographic approach Type of support approach

14 Funding Source Research Assess expectations and requirements

15 Funding Source Research Assess expectations and requirements Application deadlines

16 Funding Source Research Assess expectations and requirements Application deadlines Eligibility

17 Funding Source Research Assess expectations and requirements Application deadlines Eligibility Funding restrictions

18 Funding Source Research Assess expectations and requirements Application deadlines Eligibility Funding restrictions Types of projects

19 Details, details Register with grants.gov applicants/applicants/get_registered.jsp

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21 Details, details DUNS number displayHomePage.do The information you will need: –Name of organization –Organization address –Name of the CEO/organization owner –Legal structure of the organization (corporation, partnership, proprietorship) –Year the organization started –Primary type of business –Total number of employees (full and part time)

22 Details, details Central Contractor Registration

23 Details, details EIN number small/article/0,,id=98350,00.html

24 Details, details Download electronic application from grants.gov

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27 Details, details State Single Point of Contact spoc.html MISSISSIPPI Janet Riddell Clearinghouse Officer Dept. of Finance and Administration 1301 Woolfolk Building, Suite E 501 North West Street Jackson, Mississippi Telephone: (601) Fax: (601)

28 Preparing to Write

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31 Writing Stage Cover letter Summary/Abstract Introduction Goals and Objectives Budget Evaluation Significance

32 The Cover Letter Use letterhead

33 The Cover Letter Use letterhead Avoid jargon

34 The Cover Letter Use letterhead Avoid jargon Provide reason for writing

35 The Cover Letter Use letterhead Avoid jargon Provide reason for writing Establish credibility

36 The Cover Letter Use letterhead Avoid jargon Provide reason for writing Establish credibility Define problem or need

37 The Cover Letter Use letterhead Avoid jargon Provide reason for writing Establish credibility Define problem or need Request the funds

38 The Cover Letter Use letterhead Avoid jargon Provide reason for writing Establish credibility Define problem or need Request the funds Close with desire to discuss

39 The Title Should convey the main idea of the proposal

40 The Title Should convey the main idea of the proposal Should follow any guidelines regarding length

41 The Title Should convey the main idea of the proposal Should follow any guidelines regarding length Should be succinct but clear

42 The Summary or Abstract Be brief—guidelines may limit the length

43 The Summary or Abstract Be brief—guidelines may limit the length Clearly indicate project purpose and methodology

44 The Summary or Abstract Be brief—guidelines may limit the length Clearly indicate project purpose and methodology Show potential impact and how it will be measured

45 The Summary or Abstract Be brief—guidelines may limit the length Clearly indicate project purpose and methodology Show potential impact and how it will be measured Close with a strong summary statement

46 The Introduction Present an overview of the project’s main goal and why that’s important

47 The Introduction Present an overview of the project’s main goal and why that’s important Briefly describe objectives

48 The Introduction Present an overview of the project’s main goal and why that’s important Briefly describe objectives Include available data, especially area-specific data

49 The Introduction Present an overview of the project’s main goal and why that’s important Briefly describe objectives Include available data, especially area-specific data Give sources of data (footnote or reference in the text)

50 The Goals and Objectives Show what will be accomplished, stated in measurable terms

51 The Goals and Objectives Show what will be accomplished, stated in measurable terms Tell who, what, when, where, how, and with what results

52 The Goals and Objectives Show what will be accomplished, stated in measurable terms Tell who, what, when, where, how, and with what results Include activities and timelines

53 The Budget Follow format exactly

54 The Budget Follow format exactly Use their forms

55 The Budget Follow format exactly Use their forms Provide justification

56 The Budget Follow format exactly Use their forms Provide justification Follow restrictions and limitations

57 The Evaluation Section Should show how all goals, objectives, and aims will be measured

58 The Evaluation Section Should show how all goals, objectives, and aims will be measured Should include time lines for all data collection and analysis

59 The Evaluation Section Should show how all goals, objectives, and aims will be measured Should include time lines for all data collection and analysis Can include both process and outcome measures

60 The Evaluation Section Should show how all goals, objectives, and aims will be measured Should include time lines for all data collection and analysis Can include both process and outcome measures Can include both quantitative and qualitative data

61 The Significance Section Tell the funder why the project is important

62 The Significance Section Answer the question “so what?”

63 The Significance Section Show how this proposal is different from other projects

64 The Significance Section If significance is not listed as a section, include information in the introduction section, cover letter or support letters

65 Tips for Support Letters Use organizational letterhead

66 Tips for Support Letters Use organizational letterhead Obtain them from those who will actively support the program

67 Tips for Support Letters Use organizational letterhead Obtain them from those who will actively support the program Indicate the organization’s potential support for the project

68 Tips for Support Letters Use organizational letterhead Obtain them from those who will actively support the program Indicate the organization’s potential support for the project Check to see if and how letters can be included

69 Tips for Support Letters Use organizational letterhead Obtain them from those who will actively support the program Indicate the organization’s potential support for the project Check to see if and how letters can be included Start early; mail an abstract and sample letter, and indicate how they should be submitted

70 Ingredients for Success Follow directions

71 Ingredients for Success Follow directions Rule #1: Funder is always right.

72 Ingredients for Success Follow directions Rule #1: Funder is always right. Rule #2: When in doubt, refer to rule #1

73 Ingredients for Success Follow directions Rule #1: Funder is always right. Rule #2: When in doubt, refer to rule #1 Keep submitting proposals

74 Helpful Hints for Success Match your idea to the right funding source

75 Helpful Hints for Success Match your idea to the right funding source Follow the instructions and format exactly

76 Helpful Hints for Success Match your idea to the right funding source Follow the instructions and format exactly Answer all the funders’ questions

77 Helpful Hints for Success Match your idea to the right funding source Follow the instructions and format exactly Answer all the funders’ questions Provide all requested information

78 Helpful Hints for Success Match your idea to the right funding source Follow the instructions and format exactly Answer all the funders’ questions Provide all requested information Use the language of the funder

79 Helpful Hints for Success Make sure your request matches the amount the funder is offering

80 Helpful Hints for Success Make sure your request matches the amount the funder is offering Don’t promise more than you can deliver

81 Helpful Hints for Success Make sure your request matches the amount the funder is offering Don’t promise more than you can deliver Establish credibility/capacity

82 Helpful Hints for Success Make sure your request matches the amount the funder is offering Don’t promise more than you can deliver Establish credibility/capacity Have someone review and critique

83 Helpful Hints for Success Make sure your request matches the amount the funder is offering Don’t promise more than you can deliver Establish credibility/capacity Have someone review and critique Keep it clean, factual, and professional

84 Resource for Help Jennifer Downey, MA College of Health Dean’s Office The University of Southern Mississippi 601/


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