Not uncommon for family and corporate foundation to limit grants to organization located in regions, state, city or towns where they do business. What activities the funder will and will not fund – Fund tutoring, scholarships, construction, funding categories, populations
IRS Form 990 – How foundation distribute funds – Who, Size, duration Get copy of 990 by contacting IRS, directly form the public charity or Internet databases such as Guidestar (www.guidestar.org)
Letter of Intent or Inquiry Often foundation and cooperation request a letter of intent to screen out projects that do not meet their funding guidelines and avoid length proposal writing. Funder may also want to preselect projects in which it has an interest and request full proposals Letters of Intent are brief and should be written on letterhead
A needs statement is a detailed account of the problem you plan to address. If reader does not understand and agree with your presentation of need (problem) He/she will not pay much attention to the rest of your proposal. A need statement describes a critical condition or set of condition or a social need affecting certain people or things in a specific place at a specific time. Answers the question…What is the community need to be addressed?
Effective needs statements do not focus on needs of your organization…. Make sure all data are well documented. Use stories and examples. Focus your explanation of the need on the geographic are you can serve. Eliminate jargon and acronyms
Use statistics judiciously…Do not use dramatic figures that paint a negative picture of an area or target population just to demonstrate how bad things are. May backfire…. Tie statistics directly to the problem that you are trying to solve. Start a file that includes items such as statistical data, reports, newspaper articles, white papers and other pertinent info you come across throughout the year.
Solution: What are you going to do to fix “the Need” Review of literature- Why did you decide on this solution? What are the best practices? Goals/Objectives/Activities/Outcomes – how are you going to accomplish the project Program/Project personnel – Who is going to administer the project? What are there qualifications? Timeline/Schedule of Activities- When will the project take place? What are the mile stones?
Links Goals, Objectives, and Activities to timeframe. Describe in narrative format (Broadly---not each activity) During year 1
Estimate project length six months or a year.
Budget detail should include what is covered under indirect costs. For example, if telephone is covered as a direct expense it should not be covered included in indirect costs. Indirect costs are usually calculated as a percentage of total direct costs. Indirect costs can range from as little as 5 percent for a charter school to as much as 60 percent for a major university. Your agency may already have an approved indirect cost rate from a state or federal agency. Contact your business manager or contact the US Office of Management and Budget or your state’s Fiscal Agency.
Cash Match: When your are trying to find available money for hard cash match, check with financial officer and
Most government and foundation funders give a list of what they wish to receive in the appendixes. But most corporations do not.
Brief one page review of what the reviewer will find in the application/proposal Written after grant narrative Key sentences from the main sections
Decide early in the process Fiscal sponsors occurs when an organization that applies for grant funding uses another organization to serve as its agent for the receipt and management of grants funds. Meet all deadlines Allow time for all signatures, mail delivery, postmark dates Registration process Submittal requirements: special sing-off , notarized copies of the board minutes and resolutions that authorize you organization approval, letters of commitment form consortia members
Foundations and state and local government review quicker than federal government. Federal government six to 12 months Amount of points assigned to each session indicates importance
Staff- How salary is distributed across funding streams (time and effort) reports Federal grants regulated by OMB circulars
Northwestern Oklahoma Economic Development Federal and State Initiatives Grant Writing Workshop
When 24-year-old Tyesh Penn decided to attend Tulsa Community College – Metro Campus (TCC-Metro), she almost quit before walking through the door. Trying to navigate the complexities of enrollment through the Internet, Tyesha, an African-American single mother of two, found the process overwhelming. “I was confused,” she says. “I wanted to go back to school for a better future for my kids, but I felt like I was in over my head.” With an income of…
Undergraduate research and education for science, technology, engineering and mathematics student majors…..
Seventy-five percent of high school seniors intend to go to college. Of those, 43 percent actually enroll in college, and one-third of these becomes a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors (Science and Engineering Indicators, 2002). College freshmen who plan to pursue a career in STEM disciplines too often become discouraged, sidetracked into other majors, or committed to other life-style choices and fail to matriculate to graduation. Regional universities in Oklahoma retain 67 percent of all first year, full-time freshmen, but graduate only 29 percent (OSRHE 1999-2000). Barriers to retention of all students in college apply as well to STEM students…
Drug treatment has fallen short of getting most treated hypertensive to go (BP below 140/90 mm Hg). A highly promising behavioral treatment is guided breathing, which involves a device that guides the patient to slow the breathing rate 6 to 10 breaths/minute (the typical respiration rate is 16 breaths/minute or more). The guided breathing intervention is typically used….
The Johnsonville School District has the highest high school dropout rate in the state of Texas. The district has found that the three most common reasons students drop out of high school are failing grades, a lack of interest in school, and a lack of parental support. To combat the dropout problem, the Johnsonville School District is seeking grant funding to implement the Stay in School Program district-wide. The program will…..
Project Plan or Description What you plan to do to address the need.
A: 100. Ten to do it, and 90 to write document number GC7500439-001, Multitasking Incandescent Source System Facility, of which 10% of the pages state only "This page intentionally left blank", and 20% of the definitions are of the form "A ------ consists of sequences of non-blank characters separated by blanks".
A grant writing professor was lecturing to his Federal and State Initiatives workshop one day.
“ Use the Plain English style to write clearly. In English," she said, “A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative." A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."
Evaluation Plan Documenting Results and Impact
Goal: Primary goal of the Meal Consortium is to allow homebound elders to live independently.
Objective: Reduce number of individuals leaving the Meal Consortium by 5 percent.
Coordinator August 2005 2.a. Increase direct care services for 90%. Project Coordinator October 2005 1.a. Increase social service referrals and follow-up 75% of homebound elders. Responsibility Date (Year, Month, etc.) Activity
The overall annual budget for the Center for Women and Children is projected to be $465,000. Of this amount 53% is for salaries and benefits, 37% is for programs and services to women and children, and 10% is for administration and fundraising expenses.
If you are new to budgeting or want to take a moment to be sure that you are up-to-speed on preparing a budget, there are sources available on-line that have good budget examples. One tutorial may be found at the Foundation Center's website http:// fdncenter.org/learn/classroom/prop_budgt/index.html