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A Resource Guide to Grant Writing

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Steps to Successful Grant Writing

1. Identify the Project

Break it into smaller projects, distinct steps. Be able to describe the proposed project in a series of steps / bullets with a feasible time frame to achieving your goals.

2. Engage Appropriate Stakeholders

Members of local government, private sector partners, community groups. Identify how the project will impact them — seek their support through letters, in kind resources and engagement on the project.

3. Create a Project Team

Create a project team to assemble the grant. This includes a person to write the grant, a person with technical expertise about the proposed project and appropriate leaders who will be able to sell the project as well as give the final sign off.

4. Brainstorm about Possible Funders

How do the components of the project (e.g., greenspace creation, bike paths) match to funders? Does the project have economic development, community engagement, public works, parks and recreation or other components that can attract a different sort of funding? It is important to think strategically about how parts of a project can be funded.

Your Grant Application

NOTE: guidelines vary, but they are generally some version of:

Create a Plan of Action

Create an Evaluation Framework

Grant makers increasingly want to know how grantees will measure results. Therefore, it is important to include a solid evaluation framework as a part of your application. What are you planning to do, how are you doing it; why are you doing it? — present in an easy-to-understand manner.

Discuss Project Sustainability

Who should review and critique your application?

What Funders Look for During an Evaluation

NOTE: Evaluation specifics vary, depending on program requirements, but in general the following apply:

Evaluation Resources

Resources referenced here are ones that provide basic information on evaluation and evaluation methods used in the social sciences.

Bureau of Justice Assistance(https://www.bja.gov/default.aspx)

Find useful resources for planning and implementing program evaluations and for developing program performance measures.

Center for Social Research Methods (http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/index.htm)Click here to read the "Exit EPA Website" Disclaimer

This Web site provides a wealth of information about social science research methods, as well as links to other information Web sites.

Joint Committee Standards (http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/jc/JC-Home.htm)Click here to read the "Exit EPA Website" Disclaimer

This site provides a summary of standards for evaluation to help in designing, managing and reviewing evaluation studies.

United Way of America: Outcome Measurement Resource Network (http://www.unitedway.org/)Click here to read the "Exit EPA Website" Disclaimer

This Web site provides an overview of a manual for measuring program outcomes and some illustrative excerpts.

The Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook
(http://www.wkkf.org/resource-directory/resource/2010/w-k-kellogg-foundation-evaluation-handbook)Click here to read the "Exit EPA Website" Disclaimer

This handbook provides a framework for thinking about project evaluation and outlines a blueprint for designing and conducting evaluations.

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