Writing Grants: How we do it together Laura Chenven Director, H-CAP September 21, 2011
Questions for participants • Who has participated in a grant funded program? • Who has administered a grant? • Who has signed on to a grant written by someone else? • Who has written a grant?
What kinds of grants are you looking for? • Research • Workforce • Quality • Partnership development • Fellowships • Health and Safety (OSHA) • Other
Partners – why and who • Union • Employer • Colleges and Universities • Training Funds • Public Workforce Organizations • Community and Faith Based Organizations • Professional Associations • Foundations • Other
Ways to collaborate • Signing on to someone else’s grant • Being a vendor • Being a partner • Getting the most from your signature • Creating the opportunity for collaboration • Shaping the grant ask (influence and politics) • Using the strength of the l/m partnership (delivering program and jobs) • Leveraging relationships
Before we start • Strengths of grant funded programs • Resources for programs outside of operating budget • Research, new program development, additional staff, capacity building, and lots more • Weaknesses of grant funded programs • Funder’s and recipient’s objectives may not completely match • Administrative costs • Programs may be one-offs without being replicable
Some kinds of grants • RFPs and SGAs • Community Foundations • Foundations • Workforce Investment Act • Unsolicited
Doing your research • Who is funding the work you want to do? • What and who have they funded before? • Are you eligible? And if not, who is? • What is the criteria for evaluation?
Designing your program • What are your objectives? • What is the need and how does your program fulfill it? • What outcomes are you looking for? • Can they be made to fit the grant? • What makes your proposal compelling?
Creating a budget • What are the categories they fund? • Match or leveraged resources – are they required? • Personnel • Supplies • Equipment • Administration • Contractual • Tuition • Other
Administration – watch what you wish for • Who will be the fiscal agent? • What resources will you need? • What resources can you get? • Indirect and overhead – is it covered? • Offsets for administration and personnel – a way to think about it?
Writing it • Who will do it? • Tips from a grant writer • To the point • Organize the writing in the order and format of evaluation criteria • Remember that the reviewers are reading a lot of grants – make it easy for them • Give them what they ask for • When in doubt, ask
Some examples • Robert Wood Johnson – new RFP on evaluating innovations I n nursing education http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=21375 • The Pittsburgh Foundation –http://www.pittsburghfoundation.org • Highmark Foundation https://www.highmark.com/hmk2/community/hmfoundation/moreinfo.shtml • Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration: H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants - SGA-DFA-PY-10-13 http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/SGA-DFA-PY-10-13_Final_H-1BSGA.pdf • A resource for Federal Grants: www.grants.gov
Coming up with a grant program • Categories of programs to fund – workforce, research, cultural competency, diversity, quality health outcomes, other • Break into groups • Develop an outline • Statement of need • Program Activities • Project Management • Outcomes and deliverables • Develop budget categories • Let’s share • Who might we go to?
Thank You Laura Chenven Director, H-CAP 202 257 7108 Laura.Chenven@1199Funds.org