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Grant Writing for small college and con ed

  1. 1. Grant Writing Strategies for Con Ed Trenton Hightower Virginia Community College System NCCET 2010
  2. 2. Webinar Logistics <ul><li>Polling questions will be displayed on your screen throughout today’s presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit any questions you have for today’s speaker through the chat function. </li></ul><ul><li>A link to the webinar will be available within the next 24 hours on Augusoft’s website. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Grant Partners <ul><li>College Grant Writers </li></ul><ul><li>Land Grant Writers </li></ul><ul><li>RFP Grant Writing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Gather Your Team <ul><li>Make it easy for your team to participate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone gets the RFP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalize each copy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create a work plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benchmarks, internal deadlines, check in points, and tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be aware of demands on team members’ time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pad deadlines for staff who procrastinate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grant Planning Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Determine membership, purpose, and guidelines </li></ul>Poll Question 1
  5. 5. #@$%^ ZONK ^%$# 1,000,000,000 <ul><li>Grants for Green DOE </li></ul><ul><li>Grants for Jobs DOL </li></ul><ul><li>Grants for Manufacturing ARRA </li></ul><ul><li>Grants for Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Ford </li></ul><ul><li>Gates </li></ul><ul><li>NSF </li></ul>
  6. 6. Local Grant Writers Prep List <ul><li>The Five Key Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Areas of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic limitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do they accept “unsolicited” proposals? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Range of grants made </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How much </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WIFTC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to do some writing </li></ul>
  7. 7. Grant Prep <ul><li>Project Overview Worksheet </li></ul><ul><li>Project Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Need for Project </li></ul><ul><li>Research Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Amount Needed </li></ul><ul><li>Special Circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Grant Match Rubric </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a needs statement </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hone Your Writing Skills <ul><li>Find your voice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be clear, brief, supply the information requested </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extraneous information uses space that you need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watch for emotional language, marketing messages, sound bites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use expository writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate use of client stories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make your words work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose powerful, active words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use active voice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Write for your reader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize and avoid jargon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for assumptions </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Statistical Data Are Needed To: <ul><ul><li>Help prove your need for the project, particularly in your locale; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help refine the approach to the need; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document the degree to which your organization has previously been successful; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Illustrate that you know what is going on locally and nationally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*** Funders will want sufficient data included, to answer questions which any sensible reviewer will ask, but they don’t want to be bombarded with pages of charts and graphs *** </li></ul></ul>Poll Question 2
  10. 10. Web Site Ideas <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. Sources of Data <ul><li>Local & State Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>Professional or Trade Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Library </li></ul><ul><li>Elected Officials </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Virginia Model <ul><li>Virginia Tech </li></ul><ul><li>Local Workforce Development </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Community College </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Virginia Model <ul><li>Pathways out of Poverty 4M </li></ul><ul><li>ARRA 3.8M </li></ul><ul><li>DOL 2M </li></ul>
  14. 14. Two Planning Meetings Two Virtual Meetings <ul><li>CC VT </li></ul><ul><li>Business Partners </li></ul>
  15. 15. Application Meeting <ul><li>Agenda </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benchmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check-in points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone gets the RFP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalize each copy </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. RFP Your Grant Writers Model <ul><li>Advertise </li></ul><ul><li>Interview (3 months) </li></ul><ul><li>$2000 for small grants </li></ul><ul><li>$3500 for mid sized grants </li></ul><ul><li>$6000 for large grants </li></ul><ul><li>Approved </li></ul><ul><li>You can offer them bonus! </li></ul>Poll Question 3
  17. 17. Basic Parts of a Proposal <ul><li>Needs Assessment - a concise demonstration of the specific situation, opportunity, problem, issue, need, and the community your proposal addresses; </li></ul><ul><li>Program Goals and Objectives - a succinct description of the proposed project/program's outcome and accomplishments in measurable terms, and how it matches the funder's interests; </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology - a rational, direct, chronological description of the proposed project and the process used to achieve the outcome and accomplishments; </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation - the plan for meeting performance and producing the program/project; </li></ul><ul><li>Budget/Funding Requirements - a realistic budget with a detailed explanation of the funding request, committed matching funds, evidence of sound fiscal management, and long term funding plan; </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications - your organization's background, its funding history, board involvement and staff qualifications, and its capacity to carry out your proposal; </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion - a brief, concise summary of your proposal; </li></ul><ul><li>Appendices - additional attachments required by the funder, such as proof of tax-exempt status, organizational and financial documents, staff/board lists, support/commitment letters. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Grants for Software <ul><li>Use grants to purchase Lumens and other software/IT </li></ul><ul><li>DOL, DOE, ARRA </li></ul><ul><li>Record keeping to automate tasks and increase business </li></ul><ul><li>Increase efficiencies, reduce errors, less staff needed </li></ul><ul><li>Often can get more money for equipment than staff </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking processes to illustrate outcomes of programs </li></ul>
  19. 19. Resources and References <ul><li>Loretta Holland, CFRE </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Poll Question 4
  20. 20. Wrap Up and Review
  21. 21. Thank You For Attending Trenton Hightower Virginia Community College System 804-819-4967 [email_address]