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Lap by Lap : Lessons Learned from the 2007 SSAI SCESP Innovations Grant Competition. Tuesday, September 9, 2008 Senior Service America, Inc. Objective. Project Directors who want to build their proposal writing capacity Using examples from the SCSEP Innovations proposals received

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Lap by lap lessons learned from the 2007 ssai scesp innovations grant competition

Lap by Lap: Lessons Learned from the 2007 SSAI SCESP Innovations Grant Competition

Tuesday, September 9, 2008Senior Service America, Inc.


Objective

Objective

  • Project Directors who want to build their proposal writing capacity

  • Using examples from the SCSEP Innovations proposals received

  • Share basic tips

  • Plenty of time for discussion or questions


Background

Background

  • October – Request for Proposals announced

  • October 25 & 29 - Bidding call

  • November 16 - applications received 28

  • December 14 - Grants awarded

    • 100K; January 1-June 30, 2008

    • 100K; July 1- December 31, 2008


Creative ideas are out there

Creative ideas are out there!

  • No problem, I’ll get a gerontologist!

  • No problem, I’ve got partners!

  • Leveraged other funds and PC donations

  • Reverse inter-generational

  • Civic engagement/self empowerment


Common themes

Common themes:

  • Wanted funding for computer training or WIA mandates

  • Request to fund existing programs

  • Was that a complaint?(just a teeny, tiny bit)

  • Benchmarks and timelines not clear

  • Struggle with the dual mission


Ssai reviewers

SSAI reviewers:

  • Did we do it right?

  • What is …distinction between routine and ordinary vs. Innovation?

  • Maybe restructure the RFP…..deliverables, timelines, outcomes

  • Develop a checklist to accompany RFP


Innovators

Innovators

  • Host agency involvement (surveyed pre writing)

  • Added value to the participants pockets

  • Assist those at durational limit

  • Offered letters of support from community partners

  • Strengthen community service

  • Participant input into process

  • New partners, adventure and celebration


Tips reading analyzing

Tips:Reading/analyzing


Thinking

Thinking

  • Look at the big picture; how does your organization fit?

  • Check your capacity

  • What is a Statement of Need? Can you define the problem?

  • Who’s your audience?


Planning

Planning

  • Use a check list – learn to dissect

  • Identify staff and other resources

  • Identify partners


Writing

Writing

  • Outcomes vs. Deliverables (they are different)

  • Objectives vs. Goals (Objectives are specific, measurable outcomes; Goals are more general)

  • Pay attention to the Project description (the nitty gritty)

  • Pay attention to basic requirements – font; page numbering; deadlines, etc.


Reviewing

Reviewing

  • Use multiple reviewers – different perspectives

  • Be able to defend


Discussions any questions thank you

Discussions…Any Questions?....Thank You!!!


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