Thank Barbara and Lee Acknowledge Missouri – tornado lots of things in their schedule and on plate Take a time out to tune in This is a WORKshop
Do introductions – Stephanie - Lisa - ? Barb or Lee? Them – what do they want – what’s unique about MO? Go to agenda - Review agenda – point out where we are going to do exercises, critiques or they write Tell them about the samples and the forms and the resource lists we will provide Talk about any adjustments need to make to get their needs doene Fast timing May skip some pieces Breaks and lunch Particpate don’t dominate Parking lot issues This is only a small piece of the pie – should consider the GWI
Key points – there is a lot of money out there – give some stats if we can get current. In excess of $40 billion a year. You do need money to keep program running – no free lunch
In general funders want to expand or build capacity or innovate – not maintain – they want you to have background and skin in the game!
Are thee any MO state grant dollars for rural health ? Add HRSA grants to MO
Go to the sample and review sample concept paper - if we have one
Consorita draft agenda Assignments sheet Consortium member description
Add a picture of a target
Refer to handout on sources of data
Statement of need worksheet
Exercise write a paragraph
Critique a statement of need
Do the worksheet Critique the samples? Federal form
Exercise – brainstorm goal words brainstorm objective words
Show formats of goals and objectives with timeline and methodology
Insert 259 - 260
Review evaluation plans as time allows
Put in a graphic that represents the mind, mouth, heart…
Maybe a picture of a head with a heart in it –
Or maybe a sympol that represents left brain right brain
Sample Table of Contents Letter of support list Memorandum of understanding Sustainability plan
Welcome to Grant Writing Basics
Rural Grant Writing
Teryl Eisinger, MA
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Why write a grant?
• There’s a lot of grant money out there – you might
as well have some too!
• You need the money to pay salaries or buy
equipment or make sure your program doesn’t shut
• Only one GOOD REASON
“There is a
problem and you
have a passion, a
plan and some
to fix that
Be a M.O.M!
• 13 Questions to ask yourself
• The concept
• Organizing your consortium/team
Getting organized to write a grant
• Have a concept
– What is the problem?
– What do you want to do about it?
Services to be provided
– Who will do it with?
– When will you do it?
Steps to be taken
– How will you track your victory?
– How much will it cost?
The job isn’t
paperwork is done!
Organizing the team
• Players know the objective
• Know the rules
• Everyone has a position
– Support staff
A word about consortiums
Time and commitment
All participate and benefit
Talk to the funder
• Find the right contact
• Overview your concept
• Given this concept AND our background does this
sound like a fundable project?
Building Block #1 Statement of need
• You MUST be able to
state your need …
Statement of need – what is the problem?
• Target population
– General demographics community description
• What is their need?
– Health status, incidence etc…
• What is the cause?
– Risk factors
Sources of data
Federal, state and county data
Steal other people’s stuff - and credit them!
data, model programs, policy briefs, bibliographies,
funded projects etc…
Plan for how you will spend money to address the need.
• What is a budget?
• Reviewers should be able to read the budget and
know what you plan to do and that you have the
project management capacity to do it.
• Two parts
– Budget form – rows and columns of numbers
– Narrative or justification
• What will funds be used for
• How was the cost calculated
• What is important about funding this expense
Basic budget components
– Salary and fringe
– What – where will you “farm out”?
– Partner deliverables?
– How will contractor be selected if not “named”?
• Travel – cite your travel policy or gsa
• Equipment – is it allowed – how is it defined?
• Supplies – things that are expendable
• Operating - routine expenses to operating the project
• Other – be cautious about catch all
• Lead sentences
“Funds of ___ are requested to support a .50 FTE program
manager to oversee all aspects of the program including
service delivery, consortium relations and ensuring all
reporting requirements are met.”
“$___ in matching funds for personnel is provided by an in-
kind contribution from the Smith county public health
• Check in with partners early!
• How much detail is necessary?
• Can you request equipment?
• What about indirect?
• What are your administrative costs?
• Can I/should I pad the budget?
What are you going to do to address the need?
“Goals and objectives”
“Logic model “
Writing Goals & Objectives
• Get ready – Review your problem statement
• Get set – Review your “solution”
• Go – Write what you want the results to be
Goals and objectives
• Goals are “General”
• Objectives tell about the
Specific – Is it clear?
Measurable – What can you measure/observe?
Achievable – Is it doable?
Relevant – Will it do what we think we should
Time frame – In what time period will the objective be
Goals, Objectives, Timelines
Goal: To disseminate information to policy makers,
practitioners and community leaders on key rural health
Objective: Plan and convene an annual “day at the
legislature” for state of Michigan in January 2012.
1. Select and convene planning committee partners by June 2011.
2. Confirm budget and other resources by July 2011.
3. Draft agenda approved by September 2011.
“A systemic approach of social research procedures”
“To ascertain or fix the value”
Project evaluation – key questions
• What is required?
• What is budgeted?
• What do we want to know then that we don’t have
3 focus areas of a simple evaluation plan
• Did you do what you said you were going to do?
• What can you count? (outcomes)
• So what? (impact)
Begin with the end in mind
Goal: To disseminate information to policy makers,
practioners and community leaders on key rural
Process Outcome Impact
Project evaluation plan narrative
• Who’s responsible – data collection, reporting,
• Data collection – what, how, when?
– Information dissemination
– Decision making
Evaluation – lead sentence
“The project will be evaluated by systematically
examining and collecting data on process, outcomes
and impacts of the project activities.”
Project narrative – pulling all the pieces
together for success!
• Write for the reviewers
• Writing – right
• Important pieces
Project narrative – write for the reviewers!
• What is an “ORC”
• Reviewers are people
with history, background,
• Don’t make your
reviewer work too hard to
read your grant!
Writing – right!
• Write fast – revise later
• Use their outline
• Lead sentences to every paragraph
• Transitions from one paragraph to the next
• Use the same tense throughout
• Use their language
• Not just the facts – rationale, benefits, models
• Format to use white space
• Format to put your application at the top of the pile
How to find grants - Types of grants
• Challenge grants
• Demonstration grants
• Planning grants
• Program development grants
• General purpose or operational grants
• Capital grants
How to find grant funds
• Read - periodicals and the news
• Network - with other organizations
• Search and re-search
- Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
- Rural Assistance Center
What to do after you write the application
• Write thank you notes!
• Look for other sources of funds.
• Build your grant library.
• What will you do when you get home?
• Consider the NOSORH Grant Writing Institute
• Stay in touch!
Teryl Eisinger, MA Director
Stephanie Hansen, Education Coordinator