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Grant Basics. Traci Merrill Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs October 6, 2011. Types of Funding Agencies. Government Federal Grants State Grants County Grants City Grants Block Grants. Types of Funding Agencies. Individuals Foundations Private Foundations Corporate Foundations

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Grant basics

Grant Basics

  • Traci Merrill

  • Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs

  • October 6, 2011


Types of funding agencies

Types of Funding Agencies

  • Government

    • Federal Grants

    • State Grants

    • County Grants

    • City Grants

    • Block Grants


Types of funding agencies1

Types of Funding Agencies

  • Individuals

  • Foundations

    • Private Foundations

    • Corporate Foundations

    • Community Foundations

    • Family Foundations


Types of grants

Types of Grants

  • Planning Grants

  • Seed Money or Start-Up Grants

  • Technical Assistance Grants

  • Challenge Grants

  • Matching Grants


Proposal writing

Proposal Writing


Before your write get organized

Before your Write—Get Organized!

  • Brainstorm the proposal with your team before you write

  • Develop a proposal writing timeline

  • Develop a checklist www.proposalwriter.com/checklist.html

  • Remember to plan for the unexpected!


Some do s and don t s

Some Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s

Don’ts

Skip guidelines

Make assumptions

Be vague

Use jargon

Wait until last minute

Send 30+ pages

Wait until page 7 to explain why this is really important

  • Read guidelines

  • Ask questions

  • Write clearly

  • Use their terminology

  • Allow plenty of time

  • Keep it short <10 pp

  • Get to the point in the beginning of the proposal


Tell your review what they need to know

Tell your review what they need to know

  • WHY it needs to be done?

  • WHAT you propose to do?

  • WHO will do the work?

  • HOW much will it cost?

  • HOW you will evaluate the project?


Elements of a proposal

Elements of a Proposal

  • RFP/RFA

  • Abstract

  • Scope of Work/ Narrative

  • Budget

  • Supporting Materials


Abstract

Abstract

  • The abstract is a clear, concise statement that provides the reader with a broad overview of the project. There may be a word or space limitation to the abstract section of the proposal. The abstract provides an opportunity for the writer to “hook” the reader’s interest in the project.


Narrative

Narrative

  • Statement of Need

  • Goals

  • Program Activities

  • Evaluation


Writing the proposal

Writing the Proposal

  • Think like a reviewer

  • A. Format the proposal so that it is easy to:

  • 1) Find key points (like answers to the review criteria)

  • 2) Read & appreciate

  • 3) Directly address the reviewers comment format.

  • 4) Type the guidelines into your narrative so the reader knows exactly where you are.


Budget

Budget

  • Salaries

  • Fringe Benefits

  • Travel

  • Supplies

  • Equipment

  • Other

  • F&A


Now that you have finished writing

Now that you have finished writing…

  • Put it aside

  • Have someone else read it

    • Swallow your pride

    • Give them a red pen

    • Let them ask “dumb” questions

  • Call program officer with questions

  • Revise, format, spellcheck

  • Submit it on time!


Questions

Questions


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