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Improving Your Odds at Getting Funded

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Presenters: Deborah Minor‐Harvey & James Pfluecke, IRN Technical Assistance Providers

This workshop will identify best practices in federal grant proposal project management including developing a work plan and your work team. Participants will learn about the organizational capacity needed to successfully complete a federal grant proposal, how to assess and document your community's needs, and how to develop a time line for the successful completion of all aspects of the proposal.

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Improving Your Odds at Getting Funded

  1. 1. www.illinoisresource.net Improving Your Odds at Getting Funded Developing a Proposal Building Team Presenters: Deborah Minor-Harvey & James Pfluecke, IRN Technical Assistance Providers
  2. 2. www.illinoisresource.net Step 1: Where Do I Begin? Research Federal Funding Sources • Illinois ResourceNet (www.illinoisresource.net) • Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) • Grants.gov • Federal Register/NOFA (Notice of Fund Availability)
  3. 3. www.illinoisresource.net Step 2: Answer Key Questions • Does your organization have clearly defined mission, goals and purpose statements? • Is your mission and strategic plan aligned with the problem to be addressed in the RFP (Request for Proposal)? • Who is driving the grant-seeking process? • Who will manage the proposal development process?
  4. 4. www.illinoisresource.net Step 3: Assess Your Organization’s Capacity • Board Governance • Strategic Planning • Management Systems • Financial Management Systems • Fund Development Plan • Human Resources (Leadership, Management & Program & Administrative Staff
  5. 5. www.illinoisresource.net Step 4: Make Necessary Adjustments If Necessary Take A Pass Until Adjustments Are Made….
  6. 6. www.illinoisresource.net Step 5: Study (really study) the RFP • Funding Opportunity Description • Eligible Applicants • Objectives • Evaluation Measures • Key Questions to Be Answered & Assigned Points • Grant Amount & Duration • Target Group To Be Served • Cost Sharing or Matching • Application & Submission
  7. 7. www.illinoisresource.net Step 6: Assemble Your Proposal Development Team (Heavy Lifters) • Proposal Development Manager • Program Staff • Community Partners/Collaborators • Grant Writer
  8. 8. www.illinoisresource.net Step 7: Identify Proposal Development Supporters • Funding Agency • Professional Organizations Related to RFP Objectives • Educational Institutions • Board Members • Clients • Local Agencies • Community Organizations • Technical Assistance Providers
  9. 9. www.illinoisresource.net Step 8: Develop Project Time Line
  10. 10. www.illinoisresource.net Step 9: Develop Proposal Development Work Plan • Assign Action Steps to Team Members According to Skill Set & Time Availability • Have Proposal Development Manager Facilitate Work Plan Implementation • Adjust Plan As Needed • Maintain Clear Lines of Communication
  11. 11. www.illinoisresource.net Step 10: Assess Community Needs • Reports from Program Staff • Intake Forms • Surveys of Target Population • Community-Based Focus Groups • Statistical Data (area organizations, educational institutions, local government agencies, planning departments)
  12. 12. www.illinoisresource.net • Take inventory of existing programs & services provided for the target population • Identify service gaps • Document research results Step 10 continued:
  13. 13. www.illinoisresource.net Step 11: Conduct Strategy Development Sessions • Brainstorm strategies that address the problem • List all possibilities • Identify opportunities for collaboration • Reach consensus on strategy • Develop program logic model • Create draft budget
  14. 14. www.illinoisresource.net Step 12: Gather or Create “Off the Shelf” Documents • Two-page synopsis describing vision & mission • Problem assessment supporting data • Goals, objectives & strategies • Evaluation approaches & results • Budget templates • Board information • Relevant forms
  15. 15. www.illinoisresource.net Step 13: Assemble Proposal Documents • Empirical Data • Program Logic Model • Strategy Work Plan • Budget • Appendices • Support Letters (if applicable)
  16. 16. www.illinoisresource.net Follow Instructions Follow Instructions Follow Instructions Follow Instructions Follow Instructions Follow Instructions Step 14:
  17. 17. www.illinoisresource.net Step 15: Develop Proposal Submittal Checklist
  18. 18. www.illinoisresource.net Step 16: Submit Proposal Do Not Wait Until the Last Minute
  19. 19. www.illinoisresource.net Step 17: Proposal is Submitted Celebration Time!

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