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Advanced Grant Writing for Tribal Organizations




In a challenging economic climate, grant funds are more difficult to win than ever. This class offers a state-of-the-art approach for developing grants with a strong emphasis on using program outcome measurement to underscore need and accountability. We’ll focus on the development of grant proposals and program evaluation, offering grant seekers the practical guidance you need to develop quality proposals, obtain funding, and demonstrate service results and accountability. This class will further illustrate and define each stage of the grant writing and evaluation process.

Through interactive exercises that utilize recent grant FOA or NOFA application guidelines and funded proposals, we’ll explore common problems and challenges that arise in the grant proposal development process. We’ll develop a work plan for proposal development, review key proposal sections, and develop an evaluation rubric, Gantt chart or logic model.

The grant writing and program evaluation guide follows a needs-driven, evidence-based, results-oriented and client-centered perspective. This comprehensive discussion will equip you to effectively develop grants with a strong emphasis on measuring program outcomes.

This class is designed for those who have attended Introduction to Grant Writing, or who have had experience writing grant proposals. Take the next step in your professional development and help ensure your organization’s financial solvency—register today.


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Understanding the Basics
  • Federal funding programs
  • Reading and interpreting application and regulation rules
  • Assessing whether it makes sense to develop a project application
  • Assembling work plans for proposal development through logic models
  • Researching government grant opportunities
  • Evaluating FOAs, NOFAs and RFPs
Planning Program Evaluations
  • Performance measures
  • Professional ethics
  • Designing needs assessments
  • Program planning formula
  • Indicators
  • Data sources
  • Evaluation questions
  • Target statements for anticipated outcomes
  • Steps to take after winning a grant
  • Selecting and developing instruments
  • Anticipating criticism and planning accordingly
  • Evaluation reports
Targeting Populations and Needs
  • Community needs
  • Working with service providers
  • Seeking funding sources
  • Communication with grant administrators
  • Governments and foundations
Basic Research Methods
  • Research questions
  • Qualitative and quantitative research designs:
    • Exploratory designs
    • Descriptive designs
    • Experimental designs
    • Evaluative research designs
    • A mixed approach
  • Reliability and validity
  • Sampling method/size
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Independent and dependent variables
  • Researching statistics to document the Statement of Need
  • Program development using a logic model, Gantt Chart or similar tool
Grant Proposal Writing
  • Grants and contracts
  • Requests for proposals
  • Requests for applications
  • Program announcements
  • Planning outcome-based programs
  • Letter of intent
  • Abstracts
  • Specific aims
  • Literature review
  • Budgets and budget justifications
  • Program-driven evaluation plans
  • The proposal review process
Using Exercises, Templates, Samples, Checklists and Training Ideas for:
  • Grant Proposals/Applications
  • Program Planning
  • Evaluation Plans
  • Needs Assessments
  • Identifying Results
  • Logic Models
Using Real-Life Samples Including:
  • Grant Proposals
  • Evaluation Plans
Application of Information Technology
  • Information on funding sources
  • Standard methods for referencing information obtained from the Web

*Topics subject to change.

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