Presentation on theme: "1. How grants enhance Cooperative Extension’s mission and outreach 2. How grants enhance your professional development and career 3. Building partnerships."— Presentation transcript:
1. How grants enhance Cooperative Extension’s mission and outreach 2. How grants enhance your professional development and career 3. Building partnerships
Purpose to which we commit … We teach, learn, lead, and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities. Council for Strategic Change, December 21, 2009
Grants provide money and other resources to aid and assist Cooperative Extension in funding and completing projects that benefit the Wisconsin public. Grants makes it easier for you to pursue goals and overcome funding constraints. Funders also benefit through the success of the projects they funded. For example, youth who benefit from a grant program may become a powerful advocate for Cooperative Extension and for the Funder in the future. Funded and successful grants are published on the Funder’s website and in reports.
Writing Grant proposals is a time intensive, frustrating process, but is worth it because it: Encourages collaboration and brainstorming with peers, community leaders, organizations and stakeholders; Creatively generates new ideas and solutions to old problems; Creates a product that can be built on; Can lead to future collaborations and new relationships. Whether your grant proposal is awarded or not, you build skills, relationships and capabilities.
Professionally fulfilling Use in Performance Review Use success story for annual Planning and Results report Share experiences and knowledge with others Add value to your educational program
New focus is on integrated, potentially interdisciplinary, and multistate collaborations. Combine ideas, resources and abilities. Approach challenges in a more efficient and comprehensive way. Cooperative, jointly planned outreach employing multidisciplinary approaches. Partnerships with communities in Wisconsin help build visibility and public support for Cooperative Extension in times of county, state and federal budget cuts.
In order for collaboration to work, be certain the people you’re working with have the necessary skills, work habits, and focus. As the grant writer, you are the key person in the group and will lead, inspire and coordinate the responsibilities and tasks. As a group, the partners can identify gaps in the grant proposal and ways to strengthen it. Many Funders give points to grant proposals that involve partnerships.