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  1. Grant Writing District 5050 Training Assembly KwantlenPolytechnic University April 7, 2018 Brad Whittaker (DGN) Director, Research Services and Industry Liaison University of the Fraser Valley

  2. What is the purpose of applying for a grant?

  3. $ Money $

  4. A Science & An Art

  5. APPROACH Writer vs Reviewer

  6. Make Your Case

  7. Components of an Application • Excellent project • Qualified applicant • Addresses mandate of funding source • Addresses all the evaluation criteria • Addresses priority needs (3rd party) • Targets the correct audiences • Identifiable impacts • Feasible & realistic • Simple and clear language

  8. Steps to Getting Started • Commit to time and effort to develop an excellent proposal • Learn application process and selection criteria • Talk with past successful applicants • Talk with funder’s program officer • Develop plan and then proposal • Develop draft(s) for internal / external reviewers • Final document before deadline

  9. Kipling’s Six • What • Why • Who • How • Where • When

  10. Kipling’s Six • What – objectives • Why – making a compelling case to the funder • How – methodology and budget (justification) • Who – team involved • Where – environment activity will take place • When – schedule / timelines

  11. Keep in Mind • Avoid jargon and acronyms • Make it readable • Make it make sense • Follow a narrative • Illustrate if necessary • Follow the format requested

  12. Criteria • What are the criteria of the funding source / grant program? • Applying for the grant • What criteria do I have to address • Address the criteria directly • Demonstrate and provide evidence how you meet the criteria • What are the weighted evaluation criteria

  13. Proposals that work… • Address priority needs • Are realistic and feasible • Have identifiable impact • Use simple, clear language • Are focused and well-organized Dr Dawn McArthur

  14. PROPOSALEasy to read • Concept of one – one goal / proposal one concept / paragraph one point / sentence • Focuses on key points • Uses direct, uncomplicated language • Uses summary statements Dr Dawn McArthur

  15. BC Law Foundation • Project Funding • Projects: This is funding of up to $50,000 for one-time projects. • Grant CycleMarch: Applications dueApril: Shortlisting of ApplicationsJune: Funding adjudication • A project grant application: • must be submitted by a non-profit organization • must fall within one or more of the Foundation’s five mandated areas • must establish a clear benefit to the people of British Columbia • Please contact Law Foundation staff at (604) 688-2337 to discuss your project before preparing your application. This is an opportunity to get assistance/feedback on your project idea and how it relates to the Law Foundation’s mandate.

  16. Chevron Canada • Chevron’s areas of focus for community investment are health, education and training, and community capacity-building, identified as programs that address a community’s ability to build and sustain long-term economic development. Organizations must be a registered charitable organization or a registered non-profit society. • We encourage requests for support that fall within our primary focus areas, and in geographic areas where we have a significant employee and business presence (British Columbia, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador). 

  17. Chevron Canada Examples of qualified organizations and programs would include: • Medical and health-based organizations • Education providers • Environmental and safety initiatives • Some cultural organizations • Skills and trades training • Youth leadership programs • Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: • Impact – makes a significant contribution to the well-being of the community or group being served by the program • Results – program has measurable and meaningful results • Reputation – organization or program has a desirable reputation in the community • Visibility – program and relationship with Chevron can be promoted • Employee engagement – potential opportunities for Chevron employees and retirees to volunteer

  18. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Activating Global Citizenship: Building the Next Generation of Global Citizens for the Global Goals Misk Grand ChallengesDate open: 14 Nov 2017Deadline: 2 May 2018 - 11:30am PDT What we are looking for: • We are seeking innovators to devise and demonstrate ways to positively engage young people (under the age of 30) in Global Citizenship at scale and in depth.

  19. This challenge is about testing and implementing concepts and strategies to engage young people in efforts that will reduce inequality related to the first six Global Goals: • Goal 1: No poverty • Goal 2: Zero hunger • Goal 3: Good health and well-being • Goal 4: Quality education • Goal 5: Gender equality • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

  20. ` What we will consider funding: Proposals that • Address the Challenge by showing how they will lead to actions taken by young people that will positively impact one or more of the first six Global Goals. • Outline concepts that have the potential to be scaled up. • Focus on learning and gathering data and evidence about how to do positively engage youth by doing that effectively, rather than trying to go for scale or solely developing research. • Have the potential for scale and depth at reasonable costs. • Focus on a specific geography or community, but should link to efforts beyond that locality.< • There are no geographic constraints as to where in the world proposals should be focused. • Are entirely online and technology-based, or blended technology and face-to-face, or predominantly offline, with limited use of technology. • Explain how the activities proposed will lead to the results expected, based wherever possible on experience and data • Show how the proposed concept or program could in the future achieve the scale and depth of engagement with a clear set of measurements at the pilot stage. • Describe the innovative approach captured by the concept. The initial pilot project must test the concept at some minimal scale that produces data upon which decisions for future funding could be made.

  21. Bullitt Foundation MISSIONTo safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. VISIONA future that safeguards the vitality of natural ecosystems while accommodating a sustainable human population in healthy, vibrant, equitable, and prosperous communities.

  22. Bullitt Foundation • The Foundation looks for high risk, high potential payoff opportunities to exert unusual leverage. It has a special interest in demonstrating innovative approaches that promise to solve multiple problems simultaneously. It strives to build the intellectual foundations and political support needed for sweeping innovation. • The Bullitt Foundation places high value on being nimble and able to respond quickly to emerging threats and opportunities, while still acting with deliberation and strategic sensibility. At any moment, within its broad mission, the Foundation will be focused on a relatively small subset of explicit priorities that appear especially ripe for progress. The Foundation recognizes that environmental issues are inherently interconnected, and it marshals staff and financial resources across its programs to achieve success. • The Foundation focuses on root causes rather than symptoms. It prefers to prevent problems rather than cure them. It seeks to identify the most talented individuals and most effective organizations and empower them to respond to the most important issues facing the region.

  23. Bullit Foundation • Please provide a short, descriptive title for the project you are proposing, followed by a 1-3 paragraph description. • What are the project's intended goals and expected outcomes? What do you specifically hope to accomplish in the Pacific Northwest? • How would Bullitt Foundation funds be applied to this project, if awarded? • Why do you believe this project is timely? • What association or collaboration will this project have with other groups working in this field? • Describe the qualifications of those who will bear primary responsibility for the success of the initiative, and clearly state how much of their time they will devote to the project.

  24. Final Points Make it compelling Make it essential Make it relevant Make it readable

  25. Thank You brad.whittaker@ufv.ca