The Fundamentals of Grant Writing for
If you want to win new grants, then you need to know how to write a winning grant proposal ó a proposal so clearly communicated that grantors will want to fund your project with few or no questions. You canít afford to make any mistakes when preparing your proposal. And in the highly competitive bid for grant dollars, even the smallest mistake could immediately disqualify you.
In this class, you’ll discover how a targeted approach to proposal writing and grantsmanship can bring thousands of new federal and private dollars to your organization. You’ll learn how to accurately outline your organization’s needs and match them with available funding sources.
Writing proposals should not be the responsibility of one person. Learn how to make it a team effort, involving council and board members, finance directors, marketing specialists, administrative assistants and other staff members. Increase your potential success rate simply by learning and applying proven tactics used by successful grant writers — from planning to submission. You’ll learn how to develop accurate organization profiles, outline goals and objectives and specify evaluation plans. You’ll also receive feedback on a model proposal.
Plus, you’ll receive excerpts of other successful proposals that garnered funds for tribal organizations and advice on how to use them as models for your own proposals. In addition, you’ll learn useful dos and don’ts of the grant writing process and receive a handy glossary of terms that you need to know.
Get ready to begin writing a proposal using the knowledge that you’ll gain in this workshop — and win the grant!
|T O P I C S I N C L U D E
|Planning for Grant Development
The Grant Writing Team
- Reading the grant proposal
- Guiding principles
- Tribal organization process
- Proactive vs. reactive
- Strategic planning
Elements of a Winning Proposal
- Members — Who should participate?
- Roles and responsibilities
- Building alliances
- Planning for grant development
Proposal Summary Statement
- How to develop short- and long-term strategic plans
- Elements of the proposal
- The five basic principles of proposal writing
- Top 10 mistakes in writing a grant
- The role of the Program Assessment Rating Tool in the grant-writing process
- Proposal summary statement
- What the summary contributes to the proposal
- Where and how it should be placed
|The Proposal’s Introduction
The Problem (Needs) Statement
- What the introduction establishes for the reader
- What it should describe
- What it should support in the narrative that follows
- What it should convey to the reader
- How letters of support help the statement
- The difference between goals and objectives
- Connecting objectives to the problem statement
- Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)
- Incorporating PART into your grant proposals
- Do they support problems and objectives?
- Are methods stated clearly and sequentially?
- Are methods reasonable and attainable?
- Identifying evaluation criteria
- Monitoring outcomes
- How performance problems will be handled
- Production and frequency
|The Proposal Budget
- Budget summary
- Budget line-item detail(s)
- Budget justification
- Showing cost sources
- Cash and in-kind costs
Survey Research — Observation with Insight
- Performance measurements
- Evaluating performance
What All of This Means to Your Proposal
- What is a survey?
- Characteristics of the descriptive survey
- The questionnaire
- The interview
- Better identification of the
- Better needs statements
- Better and more effective methods and activities statements
- Better evaluation methodologies
- The “extra edge” in proposal writing
*Topics subject to change.