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Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Improving Our Future by Degrees in Oklahoma’s Second Century TRENDS THAT ARE CHANGING GRANTWRITING Dr. Linda Mason GRANT WRITING AND EXTERNAL FUNDING ASSISTANCE The world of grants is emerging and changing rapidly!

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Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Improving Our Future by Degrees

in

Oklahoma’s Second Century

TRENDS THAT ARE CHANGING GRANTWRITING

Dr. Linda Mason

GRANT WRITING AND EXTERNAL FUNDING ASSISTANCE


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The world of grants is emerging and changing rapidly!

In 1850, it was considered totally inappropriate for government to fund research!


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PROFESSION

Trend 1

Grantwriting is Becoming a Distinct Profession


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One Indicator is Professional Associations

  • American Association of Grant Professionals

  • NCURA (National Council for University Research Administration)

  • SRA (Society for Research Administration, International)


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  • Certification programs

  • Courses offered in degrees

    • Google: Degrees in grant administration and grant writing (7-7-09) got 530,000hits!!!

  • Nonprofit management degree programs

    • Google: Degrees in nonprofit management (7-7-09)

      got 22,200,000 hits!!!!

  • Local and national grant trainers

  • Grant training organizations

  • Careers



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OPPORTUNISTS

Trend 2

Opportunists Have Emerged


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COMPETITION dvd’s on how to get “free government money”

Trend 3

More Competition

for Funds


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  • More nonprofit organizations – dvd’s on how to get “free government money”

    1992 – 516,554 public charities

    2007 – 1,209,500 …. 200+% increase

  • Privatization

  • “Friends” groups


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  • As the population increases, dvd’s on how to get “free government money”

    needs increase.

  • As social services decrease,

    private funding increases.

  • As the proposals increase, the

    competition increases.


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BETTER WRITING dvd’s on how to get “free government money”

Trend 4

Better Proposals


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  • Partly result of increased competition dvd’s on how to get “free government money”

  • Partly result of professional improvements

  • Partly result of increased giving

  • Funders focusing on measurable results for their $


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10 Years NSF Funding Increase dvd’s on how to get “free government money”

  • 1999 Oklahoma $17,309,000

  • 2008 Oklahoma $27,027,000


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INTERNET INFLUENCE dvd’s on how to get “free government money”

Trend 5

Internet


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  • HUGE impact! dvd’s on how to get “free government money”

  • Information online:

    • The Foundation Center,

    • Catalog of Domestic Assistance, Grants.gov,

    • agency and foundation websites,

    • listserves and

    • electronic newsletters

  • Internet replacing libraries and the “go to” practice


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    • Email and uploading replacing mailing and “send” mentality – RFP’s, proposals, information about the agency, recruitment, matching interests and opportunities

    • Internet training – webcasts, podcasts, videoconferences

    • Writing on computers – cutting and pasting


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    FOUNDATIONS recruitment, marketing, educating, sharing

    Trend 6

    Foundations are Growing


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    • Fastest growing changes in giving of any private source. recruitment, marketing, educating, sharing

    • Between 1975 and 2005, foundation giving increased by 475%, corporate giving by 185%

    • Market increases – assets growing

    • 2003 Foundations $476 billion

    • 2005 Federal Government Grants $440 billion


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    RESOURCES INCREASING recruitment, marketing, educating, sharing

    Trend 7

    Grant Resources Growing


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    • Federal Agencies have increased R&D over the last decade. donations to America's charities topped $300 billion for the first time.

    • Stimulus funding has increased federal research by exponential amounts - Final stimulus bill provided $21.5 billion for federal R&D spread over all the major grant agencies

      Resource: AAAS, www.aaas.org/spp/rd, March 23, 2009


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    • Oklahoma has dramatically increased R&D over the past 5 years: OCAST $22.4 million, EDGE, State Agencies, Oklahoma based foundations---all increased in giving.

    • KGOU reported a 6% increase in contributions from 2007 to 2008

    • Over $350 million in contributions for endowed chairs in Oklahoma higher education in 2008


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    Trend 8 years: OCAST $22.4 million, EDGE, State Agencies, Oklahoma based foundations---all increased in giving.

    Collaborations are the Norm


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    • Large funders are partnering for more in-depth research and projects

    • Example: NSF has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense that would allow researchers to apply for grants to study subjects that may be of interest to U.S. national security.

      • religious fundamentalism

      • terrorism

      • cultural change


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    • Example: K-20 Center at OU has multiple partners and funders projects

      • NSF - OU – multiple programs

      • Sasaki Institute - Microsoft

      • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Temple University

      • Sam Noble Museum

      • 500 OK Communities/School Systems

      • Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust

      • League of Professional Schools, U of GA

      • National School Reform Faculty, Bloomington Indiana

      • Secondary Schools Network, U of Amsterdam


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    Federal Initiative - to serve, to involve, Hispanics and Native Americans.

    Federal Initiative – to serve, to involve undergraduate students

    Federal Initiative – to serve, to involve K-12 students and teachers


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    Trend 9 Native Americans.

    Faith-Based Grants

    Continue


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    • State and City Faith-Based Initiatives Native Americans. - Today 35 governors – 19 Democrats and 16 Republicans – have their own faith-based and community initiatives. Additionally, more than 70 mayors of both parties have similar programs at the municipal level.

    • See Fact Sheet: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/06/20080626-3.html


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    • Volunteers Native Americans. - Of the 60 million people who give their time to others, more than one-third do so through faith-based groups.

    • See Fact Sheet: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/06/20080626-3.html


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    • Mingling Native Americans.- Federal competitive awards are expanding the good work of both faith-based and community organizations across America and beyond.

    • See Fact Sheet: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/06/20080626-3.html


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    • Areas of Faith Based Strengths Native Americans.: Addiction Recovery, Prisoner Re-entry, At-Risk Youth, Community Health Services, Homelessness, Global Health, Disadvantaged Students, Disasters, Economic Development, Hunger, Veterans

    • See Fact Sheet: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/06/20080626-3.html


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    TRENDS: So what? Native Americans.

    Why look at trends?

    • Focus on the strengths that you fit.

    • Make your proposal a notch above the good.

    • Make your proposal “hot”

    • Use best practices

    • Give more


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    Contact: Native Americans.

    Linda Mason, Ed.D.

    405-225-9486

    lmason@osrhe.edu

    http://www.okhighered.org/grant-opps/

    IP: 164.58.250.178

    COORDINATOR FOR GRANT WRITING AND EXTERNAL FUNDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE