Writing a wining ict grant proposal in an hour


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  • 60 mins / 01 mins ** Welcome ** Housekeeping – phones off, toilets, fire drill, etc
  • **01 mins** ** Takeaways - 2 mins This is about using the Internet to locate sources of funding. NOT ABOUT USING INTERNET TO FUNDRAISE – IE RED NOSE DAY
  • **10 mins** Tutor introduces this as a simple, self-administered, diagnostic process – the first step towards getting the right ICT support 5 mins for worksheet and 10 mins for discussion + next slide on health-check tools
  • **10 mins** 5 mins for exercise 2 5 mins feedback Sentence starters: “ We will..…” “ This initiative will….”
  • **10 mins** Open questions * Ask for sample objectives Ask for sample outcomes Proposal: The proposed ICT initiative is to hire an ICT trainer to provide in-depth training to staff and volunteers on basic office productivity software. Objective: “We will implement an organisation wide staff and volunteer training effort to help us improve staff effectiveness, retention and morale” Outcomes: 1. Staff will be more productive. 2. Staff and volunteers will stay active with the organisation longer. 3. The workplace will be a more enjoyable place in which to work.
  • **10 mins** 90% say ICT vital, but many don’t budget for it Get people do a rough budget for their own organisation – 5 mins
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  • Writing a wining ict grant proposal in an hour

    1. 1. How to fight the credit crunch or do more with less Writing a winning ICT grant proposal – one hour version Miles Maier Lasa London ICT Champion 24 June 2010
    2. 2. Take-Aways <ul><li>assess your ICT needs </li></ul><ul><li>identify benefits </li></ul><ul><li>identify objectives and outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>costing the project </li></ul><ul><li>Identify funders </li></ul><ul><li>Top Tips </li></ul>
    3. 3. 1. Assess Your ICT Needs <ul><li>What is a health check? </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>EXERCISE 1: DIY Health Check </li></ul><ul><li>Use the ICT Health Check worksheet to answer questions about your own organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight one issue and discuss it with the group </li></ul>
    4. 4. 1. Assess Your ICT Needs <ul><li>Using the Managing ICT checklists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ictknowledgebase.org.uk/healthchecklists </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inventorying </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Belarc Adviser , Spiceworks </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. 2. Benefits and priorities <ul><li>EXERCISE 2 – identify project benefits </li></ul><ul><li>better communication </li></ul><ul><li>i ncreased collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>increased efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>improved service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>better tracking and decision making </li></ul>
    6. 6. 3. Objectives <ul><li>EXERCISE 3 - Making the business case </li></ul><ul><ul><li>proposal – project description </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>objectives – what you are doing and why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>outcomes – specific results on achieving objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>outputs – goods/services produce </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. 4. Costing your project <ul><li>Exercise 4 – Costing ICT projects </li></ul><ul><li>What’s full cost recovery? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.fullcostrecovery.org.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are realistic prices? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ictknowledgebase.org.uk/calculatingtechnologybudget </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. 5. Funding your project <ul><li>List of 90 ICT funders – ( www.icthub.org.uk/research ) </li></ul><ul><li>Your local CVS, library or other infrastructure org </li></ul><ul><li>NCVO Funding Central ( www.fundingcentral.org.uk ) - free to use database, resources and funding alerts </li></ul><ul><li>Fit for Funding ( www.fit4funding.org.uk ) - useful information sheets and a monthly email newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Funders Online Portal ( www.efc.be ) – free access to news and resources on European funding streams </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>GRANT finder UK ( www.grantfinder.co.uk ) - online database of charitable, gov’t and EU funds. Free at your local CVS </li></ul><ul><li>Funderfinder ( www.funderfinder.org.uk ) - excellent fact sheets on fundraising skills. Costs £185 to access the online GIN directory or FREE at your local CVS </li></ul><ul><li>Trust Funding ( www.trustfunding.org.uk ) - for professionals. Subscribe from £225 </li></ul><ul><li>UK Fundraising ( www.fundraising.co.uk ) - aimed at professional fundraisers. Free newslette </li></ul>5. Funding your project
    10. 10. 6. Top Tips <ul><li>Discounted software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.pugh.co.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.phoenixs.co.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Donated software/network hardware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ctxchange.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reconditioned and recycled hardware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ictknowledgebase.org.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.suppliersdirectory.org.uk </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. 6. Top Tips <ul><li>Aggregate the news – RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate Google Docs or Microsoft Office Live </li></ul><ul><li>Free video conferencing www.oovoo.com , www.skype.com </li></ul><ul><li>Arranging meetings – www.doodle.com </li></ul><ul><li>Free event management – www.eventbrite.com </li></ul><ul><li>Free surveys - www.surveymonkey.com </li></ul>
    12. 12. Workshop prepared by Miles Maier London Region ICT Champion www.lasa.org.uk/ictchampion [email_address] 020 7426 4496