Alternate Revenue Overview. AFT School Health Leadership May 17, 2010 Washington, DC. Alternate Revenue Sources. Pursuit of funding always pays off- even if your proposal is not selected the first time. Can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket Can’t receive funding unless you pursue
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Alternate Revenue Overview
AFT School Health Leadership
May 17, 2010
Ebb and flow linked to political agenda
e.g. NCLB, IDEA, Race to the Top
Purpose and goal directed: you are told what to do
Ebb and flow linked to political agenda
Frequently linked to local issues and concerns
outsourcing work when staff is reduced and budgets are cut
Altruistic purposes and goals: resources made available to address what matters to the foundation
advance a particular cause: Turn2 for children
Even in tough economy over billions distributed
often fund geographically
Altruistic purposes linked with corporate interests
Casts wider net to enhance its employment pool
improve corporate image: BP
Funding agency defines issue or funding priority
project strategies defined by recipient
Recipient defines details as to who does what, when and how
Funding agency retains oversight
project and strategies prescribed by funding entity or agency
agency procures service of vendor
agency exercises direction or control
agency closely monitors
A good idea or concept
A good fit for you and your agency
Match your concept with a funding agency(ies)
Read the directions
Reread the directions-they don’t say what you want them to say
Speak with the program officer
Develop a detailed program plan
Develop a resource plan (budget) aligned with the program plan
Reread the directions
Write your proposal
e.g. bullying and cyberbullying or sexting
Is your agency or LEA eligible?
Is there a $$ match requirement?
How many projects to be funded and at what level?
Who, what and where do they fund?
Number of projects funded and at what level
The major variable in getting proposals funded is contact with the program officer prior to submission of a proposal.
Any Conflict of Interest?
Will this Involve Human Subjects?
Timelines and Due date
Format: Spacing, page numbering, margins, font size and type
Letters of Support or Commitment?
Table of Contents
Problem or Needs Statement
Goals and Objectives
Project Design or Methodology
Quality of Key Personnel
Project or program Evaluation
Reporting and Dissemination
Budget: Financial plan and Narrative
The Needs or Problem Statement
How does the data or evidence inform you that this is a problem or an issue?
Convey to the reader that you understand the challenge or issue
Illustrate to the reader this as an important issue for your school and community, other schools in the region and maybe even nationally
Clearly and concisely describe what your project/proposal will do to solve the problem or specific aspects of the problem
Show that your approach to this problem is creative and will fill the gaps in current system
Describe how this project is a good fit for your school agency, how it is consistent with the mission, goals and plan of your school
What significant needs have you identified?
How will this project help address the identified need?
Who will do what, when, where and how and at what cost?
What is the discrepancy between what we know or what we are doing and what we want to know or want to be doing
What does the literature and research say? Is this a significant issue locally, statewide, regionally, and or nationally?
What previous work has been done to meet this need? Was it effective?
Middle school students exhibit significant bullying behavior which results in conflicts in and outside of school
There is a growing body of evidence which confirms that bullying behavior (including cyber bullying) is a significant concern in our schools. Over 40% of children have reported being bullied while online and over 33% report having been threatened.
Cite current research and/or literature
8-10 significant citations
If possible some of this work will have been yours!
Key Information sources
Statistics - objective
Use graphs, tables and charts
"Baseball is a lot like life. It's a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life."
The Needs/Problem Statement must enable the reader to “see” exactly what is the issue
Number of children bullied per day, week, month or year
Number who are threatened
Number who are cyberbullied/threatened
Impact of bullying behavior on victims and the perpetrator
Illustrations, Charts and Tables
Victimization by bullies
threats in and outside of schools
increases in bullying behavior over the past 2, 5 10 years
Impact of bullying behavior on school culture and environment and how it has changed over time
The needs statement must:
Goals and Objectives
What is going to be done
(conditions and criteria)
Serve as a GPS to enable the reader to find their way through the project
Describe the strategies and activities as they relate to the objectives
Provide a timeline with task completion dates
Does it provide an organizational chart
Describe how the activities and strategies will be conducted
Specify who does what, when, where, how and for how long?
Does your plan of action:
If program plan or methods are new or unique explain why they are better than that previously used
Specify program/project design and why it was selected
Define all important terms and acronyms
Provide descriptions of data sources including participants, how they will be selected, the number of participants
Describe all procedures
Basically describe a step-by-step work plan: who does what, when, where and how
Did we do what we set out to do?
Did we do it well enough?
Are we sure of our results?
Did we learn anything we didn’t expect?
What happens when the
money runs out?
Report and Use the Information
Don’t let it sit on a shelf
Resource Plan and Budget
Materials & Supplies
Letters of Commitment
Evidence of interest in project from participants
if project is funded they are ready with their contribution
what they will contribute
they will participate at the time that you need them
Letters of Support
We think it’s a good idea
referred to in text, put in appendix
how does project fit with mission/goals of college
Presents type of support
Set your timeline so that there is sufficient time for you to:
Be able to put the application aside for a day or two and then you do a final once-over
Have someone else read it and be able to tell you about your project / proposal
Fitness: pare down to ensure that it is as concise and clear as possible
Preparing and writing the application/proposal is a technical skill: work with someone who has had some success
Use action verbs to illustrate you mean business
Avoid first person
Directions not followed
Not addressing identified funding agency priorities
Believe it or not: incomplete proposal or application
Weak evidence, poor data
Inability of applicant to deliver
Resource plan is inadequate: budget is understated in relation to project tasks
Proposal misses the funding agency’s specified priorities