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  1. Grant Writing Rosie King Indiana Prevention Resource Center rosking@indiana.edu

  2. Three key components

  3. Finding potential sources of money • Private funds • Local, statewide, national • Government funds • Local, state, federal

  4. Finding potential sources of money • Private funds • Indiana Grantmakers’ Alliance • www.indianagrantmakers.org • Directory of Indiana Grantmakers • List of all community foundations on website

  5. Finding potential sources of money • Private funds • Foundation Center • www.foundationcenter.org • Libraries with hardcopies of funding directories • http://foundationcenter.org/collections/ccin.html • Basic information (free) • http://lnp.fdncenter.org/finder/ • Notice of RFPs • http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/

  6. Finding potential sources of money • What to look for • Areas of giving/fields of interest • Types of support (e.g., equipment, program operations) • Amount and number of grants paid • Limitations (e.g., geographic area, eligible applicants) • Grantmakers that don’t accept unsolicited applications • Application format • Deadlines

  7. Finding potential sources of money • Government funds • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance • www.cfda.gov/?s=program&mode=list&tab=list&tabmode=list • www.grants.gov • USDOE • http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html • http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html • www.in.gov/cgi-bin/idoa/cgi-bin/bidad.pl

  8. Finding potential sources of money • Funding information websites • www.healthinschools.org/News-Room/Grant-Alerts.aspx • www.grantsalert.com • http://www.channing-bete.com/funding

  9. Design an impressive program • Document the problem • State and national data • www.in.gov/isdh/20627.htm • www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs • www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/pdf/obesity/in_obesity_combo.pdf • Collect local data • www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/YRBS/pdf/yrbs_conducting_your_own.pdf

  10. Design an impressive program • Document the problem in terms of the community, NOT your agency • Provide data on the problem (e.g., obesity) and also community factors that contribute to the problem (risk factors)

  11. Design an impressive program • Develop a sound logic model • Base your program on sound research • Why should we expect your program to have the results you propose? • Theories of why people change behaviors • www.cancer.gov/PDF/481f5d53-63df-41bc-bfaf-5aa48ee1da4d/TAAG3.pdf • Evidence-based programs • http://thecommunityguide.org/index.html

  12. Design an impressive program • Develop measurable objectives • www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/state_program/evaluation_guides/smart_objectives.htm • Plan your evaluation to provide you with feedback on your progress throughout the program • www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/state_program/evaluation_guides/evaluation_plan.htm

  13. Design an impressive program • Resources for program development • Getting to Outcomes (short & long versions) • www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/2004/RAND_TR101.pdf • www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/AdolescentReproHealth/PDF/LittlePSBA-GTO.pdf • Online course on logic models • www.uwex.edu/ces/lmcourse/#

  14. Writing the proposal • Be clear, concise, concrete and compelling • Convey enthusiasm, urgency and passion for the project • Have someone not involved read it for clarity • Proofread it for spelling and grammar • Follow the grantor’s instructions to the letter (length, font size, attachments)

  15. Grant Writing Rosie King Indiana Prevention Resource Center rosking@indiana.edu