grant proposal

Students will identify a problem/issue from a client they worked within 483A or with/in a local San Diego community, or you can focus on a problem you would like to work towards solving during your lifetime. Using the macro approach and technological advances, you are to expand this substantive area and address it through the development and evaluation of a community-based intervention proposal using an evidence-based approach. Students will identify a possible funding source (public or private) that matches their approach to addressing the issue. The finished proposal should be of a quality considered for submission to the actual funding source. Grant proposals must address all of the following points:

1.) Cover Letter (1 Page):

  1. Provide a clear, concise overview of the organization,
  2. Explain the purpose, reason for, and amount of the funding request.
  3. Be sure to show how your proposal furthers the grant maker’s mission, and goals, and matches the funder’s grant application guidelines.

2.) Executive Summary (Minimum 1 paragraph): Summarize all of the key information and convince the grantmaker to consider your proposal for funding.

  1. Introduce your proposal; present a clear, concise summary of, and the visual framework for, the proposed project/program.
  2. Include Applicant’s contact information,
  3. The purpose of the funding request,
  4. Need/problem, objectives, and methods,
  5. Total project cost and amount requested.

3.) Need Statement – may be called a statement of need or problem statement. (1-2 Pages)This is the meat of grant proposals, and where you must convince the funder that what you propose to do is important and that your organization is the right one to do it. Assume that the reader of your proposal does not know much about the issue or subject.

  1. Explain why the issue is important,
  2. Include a description of the target population,
  3. What research you completed to learn about possible solutions,
  4. How it fits with the grantmaker’s area of interest.

4.) Program Goals and Objectives (1-2 Pages):

  1. What does your organization plan to do about the problem?
  2. State what you ultimately hope to accomplish with the project (goal),
  3. Spell out the specific results or outcomes you expect to accomplish (objectives).

5.) Methods, Strategies or Program Design (2-2.5 Pages)This section is where you walk the grantmaker through HOW you will achieve the goals and objectives you’ve set out earlier.

  1. Describe the process to be used to achieve the outcome and accomplishments in a rational, direct, chronological description of the proposed project.
  2. Explain who will carry out the activities,
  3. Explain the time frame,
  4. Explain the sequence of activities in the order they will be completed.

6.) Evaluation Section (1-1.5 Pages)How will you assess your program’s accomplishments? Funders want to know that their dollars actually did some good.

  1. Decide now how you will evaluate the impact of your project,
  2. Include what records you will keep or data you will collect,
  3. Explain How you will use that data.
  4. If the data collection costs money, be sure to include that cost in your budget.

7.) Other Funding or Sustainability (1 paragraph):

  1. Have you gotten committed funds from other sources?
  2. Have you asked other sources? Most funders do not wish to be the sole source of support for a project.
  3. Be sure to mention in-kind contributions you expect, such as meeting space or equipment.
  4. Is this a pilot project with a limited timeline? Or will it go into the future?
  5. How do you plan to fund your program?
  6. Is it sustainable over the long haul? Explain how it is sustainable (not relying solely on the funding you are requesting).

8.) Organizational Information/Qualifications (1-1.5 Pages)In a few paragraphs:

  1. Explain what your organization does,
  2. Explain why the funder can trust your agency to use the requested funds responsibly and effectively,
  3. Give a short history of your organization, state its mission, the population it serves, and an overview of its track record in achieving its mission.
  4. Describe or list your Agency’s programs and staff personnel.

9.) Conclusion (1/2 Page)Present a brief, concise summary of your proposal that states:

  1. Your case,
  2. The problem,
  3. Your proposed solution,
  4. Your funding sources
  5. Uses of project/program funds.

10.) Budget (1 Page): This can be done on an excel/google sheets spreadsheet.

  1. How much will your project cost?
  2. Attach a short budget showing expected expenses and income.
    1. The expenses portion should include personnel expenses,
    2. Direct project expenses,
    3. Administrative or overhead expenses.
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