Grant Writing for Technical Communicators. Steve Merriam STC Presentation May 11, 2011. Nonprofits in America. From relief societies to the New Deal Two surges in nonprofit growth Nonprofits since Vietnam. Nonprofits in 2011. What determines whether an organization is a nonprofit?
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May 11, 2011
Executive Summary, Introduction/Description, Need Statement, Goals and Objectives, Methods, Evaluation, Sustainability, Budget, Appendix
The Executive Summary is a one-page overview of a full proposal.
“Here’s what you need to know.”
This section describes the organization, state’s the agency’s mission, outlines the organization’s purposes and goals, profiles its clients, etc.
“What we’re about.”
The Statement of Need section—also called the “Problem Statement” or “Narrative”—presents a compelling description of the need addressed by the proposal.
“Why we’re asking for funding.”
The Goals and Objectives section describes the organization’s long-range benefits (goals) of the project, and spells out the specific short-term results (objectives) to be accomplished.
“What we want to achieve with this funding.”
The Methods Section—also called the “Methodology,” “Plan,” or “Approach” section—describes the specific way that the problem will be solved.
“How we will solve the problem with the funding.”
An Evaluation Section plans how a program’s achievements will be assessed.
“How we will tell if our solution makes a difference.”
A Sustainability Section describes how the organization plans to carry on with the project after the initial grant period.
“How the program will continue.”
The Budget is usually a line-item summary of the program revenues and expenses, and frequently includes a budget rationale.
“How we’ll allocate resources and serve as effective stewards of your money.”
Appendices contain supportive secondary information that will strengthen your proposal narrative.
“What other information do you need to see?”
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