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  1. How to Apply for a SWE Program Development Grant Mary Perkinson Program Development Grant Committee Chair Jeannette Lindemann PDG Committee member

  2. Ever had a great idea for an event but not enough money to make the event a reality? Then you need to know about SWE Program Development Grants

  3. Program Development Grants PDG provides funding to financially support repeatable activities of sections, MAL’s and National Committees

  4. Program Development Grants This year PDG’s Goal is to give out $100k in grant funds Proposal Projects No Longer Have to Be New!!! Submission Deadlines are Monthly, Next Deadline is October 1

  5. What are Program Development Grants? The funds are to be used for programs that are dedicated to: • Encouraging women and girls of all ages to pursue engineering studies. • Engaging practicing women engineers in professional development activities. • Providing a positive forum for Diversity Issues and Training.

  6. Program Development Grants PDG is funded through designated corporate donations • Exxon Mobil Education Foundation • The Ford Motor Company Foundation • Bechtel

  7. Program Development Grant Goals PDG proposal should address at least one of the Program Development Grant Goals. Education and Outreach - inspire girls and women from diverse backgrounds and life stages to aspire to engineering for meaningful and rewarding careers. Inclusive Organization - embrace and promote the value and power of diversity in specialties, age, race, ethnicity, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, and interests. Professional Leadership - provide opportunities for women to attain, enhance, and demonstrate leadership, and professional and technical excellence that results in career aspiration, advancement, achievement, and satisfaction. Knowledge Source - share SWE’s acquired knowledge and promote programs that bridge the gaps in recruitment, professional development, and retention of women in engineering. Value and Benefit – provide value and benefit to SWE as a whole

  8. Examples of Projects Example of Types of Projects: • Making it Matter Junior Badge Workshop • SWE Section Wow! That’s Engineering! • Professional Development Conference “Sharpening Your Skills – Getting Involved In Your Development” • Professional Development Conference “Building Career Resilience”

  9. Project Idea: “Wow! That’s Engineering!” Excellent Wow! resources readily available for use online at • Parent presentation • Experiment ideas • Templates for communication – logo, flyers for girls and volunteers, nametags, and surveys for attendees and volunteers Wow! That’s Engineering! Program Development Grant documents online, on the PDG Community of Practice Page under All Resources • Wow! example grant application (including budget information) • Wow! fill in the blank grant template

  10. Experiment IdeasAgilent After School Kits The After School kit is a hands-on engineering and science experiment series targeting children in the 9 - 14 year age group. It is packaged as a "program-in-a-box," providing everything needed to demonstrate specific science and engineering concepts. One kit provides materials for 4 students. Topics range from solar power to rocketry, to hydrology 19 Different Engineering Kits ranging in price from $22-$36 See all kits

  11. Top Reasons Members do not Apply for PDG Funds Unaware that PDG funds exist or how to apply • Application and other documents for PDG funds can be found in www.swe.orgMy SWE Communitiesin the Program Development Grant community. The process is to time consuming • A three or four page application is enough detail My project is to small or to big • Projects funding ranges from $200 - $10,000. There are no project size restrictions No ideas of projects to submit a grant for • Resources available online of past projects other SWE sections have done under the PDG Community section

  12. PDG Proposal Submission Requirements • Proposal cover page • Project details • Proposal budget • Section financials

  13. PDG Requirements After Grant Acceptance • Quarterly reports: adequate progress, risk assessment and control, recovery plan • Final report: complete and on-schedule

  14. Proposal Format • Executive Summary • Project Description • Project Benefits • Project Costs and Resources • Deliverables • Metrics • Project Life • Budget

  15. Proposal: Executive Summary The executive summary length is typically one paragraph • Summarize the project, including the objective • Which PDG strategic priority does the project address? • Summarize the need for the project • Who is the audience or benefactor of the project? (Include how many) • What is the expected completion date of the project?

  16. Proposal: Project Description The project description length is typically between one and three paragraphs • What are the details of the project? • How does your project focus on girls or women? • What/where is the project venue? • What is the project length and timeframe? • Describe your management structure for project, including support from other organizations. • If all details are not yet known, or need more work then please say what is needed and why the information is not provided at this time.

  17. Proposal: Project Benefits The project benefits length is typically one paragraph • What are the tangible and intangible benefits of the project to the participants? • What are the tangible and intangible benefits of the project to your SWE organization or SWE national? • Are there other benefits?

  18. Proposal: Project Costs and Resources The project cost and resources length is typically one or two paragraphs • What is the total dollar cost? • How much are you requesting from Program Development Grants? • What are your other sources of funding? • Are there expected in-kind contributions? • What Section resources are needed, including volunteer time? Include the number of SWE members that will be involved. • What other resources external to your Section are needed, including people other than SWE Section members. • What resources do you have that will contribute to the probability of success with this project? Include past experience in conducting similar programs, availability of SWE and other volunteers, external support such as corporate or other organizations.

  19. Proposal: Deliverables The deliverables length is typically one paragraph What will you provide to SWE to facilitate replication of your project? These are typically electronic documents that another section could use to hold a similar event. (for example - Curriculum, Videos, Kit Supply/Equipment Lists, Web pages, Scripts or Manuals)

  20. Proposal: Metrics The project metrics length is typically one paragraph How will you measure the impact this project has on girls or women and how you met your objectives? For example: • Was it successful in encouraging women and girls to pursue engineering? • Did you raise awareness of diversity? • Have you improved the effectiveness of SWE? How will you measure the success of this project? For example: • Number of participants, Number of volunteers, Requests for information or follow-up, Publicity received, before and after surveys

  21. Proposal: Project Life The project life length is typically one paragraph • What is the date of this event, or timeframe during which it will take place? • What are the project milestone dates? (i.e. a planning calendar.) • Do you anticipate repeating or extending this project as funded by the grant past the 12 months covered by Program Development Grants?

  22. Submittal of Proposal • Proposal must be received by Lester McNair at SWE HQ ( ) by the first of the month. • Preferred method of proposal submission is by email. • You will receive a telephone or email acknowledgement upon receipt. • If after initial review there are deficiencies in eligibility, format, or completeness, the project manager named in the proposal will be contacted to address these issues. You do have a chance to revise the proposal to supply additional information based on committee feedback received.

  23. Evaluation Criteria PDG Evaluation Criteria • 10% Uniqueness of project to SWE • 20% Potential impacts of deliverables • 20% Alignment with PDG strategies • 15% Proposal completeness • 10% SWE member involvement • 10% Success measure outlook • 15% Realistic Budget

  24. Grant Notification Process • Notification date is ~45 days from proposal submission deadline, by email and/or US Mail. • Notification will document any conditions, or changes to the proposal that have been discussed with you. It will also list the expected deliverables not included in your proposal.

  25. Fund Disbursement • First check will be issued by HQ ~30 days from the date you accept the grant. • First check is for 90% of the monies you were awarded. • Upon receipt and acceptance of the final report and deliverables, HQ will issue a check for the remaining 10% of the grant.

  26. Fund Disbursement • Funds will not be disbursed in excess of the actual costs reported in the final report submitted by the recipient. For example if a section received corporate funding they did not expect the section would return all unused PDG funds that were above the cost to hold the event. • Checks will be mailed to the treasurer listed on the grant cover sheet or acceptance letter.

  27. Timeline of Grant Process

  28. Critical Success Factors Good idea for a project Complete Proposal (answer all of the questions) Well thought out event Detailed accurate budget

  29. Documents Application and other documents for PDG funds can be found in www.swe.orgMy SWE Communitiesin the Program Development Grant community.

  30. Questions? Mary Perkinson Jeannette Lindemann