Presentation on theme: "Mindy Wright The Ohio State University"— Presentation transcript:
1 Mindy Wright The Ohio State University Grant Writing 101Mindy WrightThe Ohio State University
2 Funding is a Process Letter of inquiry/intent Funder RFP Release Proposal SubmissionProposal ReviewAward or rejectionMeeting with Funder about rejected proposal
3 Letter of Inquiry/LOILOIs are first steps for a funder to determine “good fits.”Examples:Lumina FoundationWomen’s Fund of Central Ohio
4 RFPFunder Request for Proposals are based in the funder’s goals. They are guidelines that help proposers frame their proposals to meet the goals of the funder. They help reviewers rate proposals in terms of the funder’s goalsUSDA Community Food ProjectsDollar General Adult Literacy GrantsYour Projects: What do your funders ask for?
5 Typical Parts of a Grant Proposal Cover LetterStatement of NeedProject DescriptionGoalsMethodsEvaluationSustainabilityBudgetOrganization InformationConclusionAppendix and Supporting Materials
6 + Funding Organization Mission Criteria Women’s Fund of Central Ohio: Social ChangeUSDA Community Foods Project: Community Involvement
7 Statement of Need What evidence do you have to show need? Your own organization’s researchUS CensusCommunity Research Partners
8 Project Description Goals Methods/Activities/Timeline Evaluation Write down in a few sentences or bullet points the goals of a particular project on which you are working.Are they easy to understand?Can they be written more concisely or accurately?Methods/Activities/TimelineEvaluationHow does your evaluation connect with your goals and with the funders’ priorities?Sustainability
10 Proposal Review Reviewers are given grants and a rubric for scoring Service Learning RubricWomen’s Fund Grant Reader InformationReviewers’ scores are worked togetherAdding totalsAveragingBoard decides awards based on available funding, funder mission, and reviewers’ scores
11 Writing TipsGive readers exactly WHAT they want and exactly HOW they want it.Use funders’ language when at all possible—to emphasize connections between your project and the funder’s priorities and to make your proposal easy to follow.Write simply and clearly.Use active verbs.