Grant Proposal Writing 101 Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH
Learning objective • At the end of this workshop, each participant will be able to write a successful grant proposal for a small grant.
Fourteen Ways To Be SOME GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR GRANTWRITERS
1. BE AWARE (of the funder’s interests): align your proposal with the priorities of the funder.
2. BE INFORMED Read the instructions – carefully.
3. BE HONEST Don’t exaggerate the size of your organization or its capabilities.
4. BE UP-TO-DATE • Demonstrate that you know the latest information in your field of interest.
5. BE EVIDENCE-BASED Show that there is reason to believe that your strategy will work.
6. BE COLLABORATIVE • Solicit assistance from partners and include letters of support.
7. BE LOGICAL Present information so that it is easy to follow.
8. BE COMPLETE Include all important details; anticipate questions and answer them.
9. BE REASONABLE Don’t request more money than you need.
10. BE REALISTIC Don’t promise more than you can deliver with the funds available.
11. BE HUMBLE Get somebody else to read your proposal.
12. BE PROTECTIVE OF YOUR REPUTATION Don’t submit a bad proposal.
13. BE PREPARED “Hit the ground running” (and keep the celebration short) when you get the grant.
14. BE RELIABLE (And be a candidate for future grants) Carry out the project completely and well.
GRANT PROPOSAL OUTLINE • I. Abstract • II. Background • III. Problem Statement/Rationale • IV. Goals and Objectives • V. Methods • VI. Evaluation • VII. Budget
GRANT PROPOSAL OUTLINE • I. Summary or Abstract • Write this last • Include a + one-sentence summary of each of the other sections
GRANT PROPOSAL OUTLINE • II. Introduction or Background • Describe your organization • Describe the community or population served by your organization • Demonstrate that your organization is qualified and prepared to mount the proposed program
II. Background • Southeast Atlanta Health Coalition – various organizations, churches, civic groups, schools, etc. (name them) with an interest in health • The coalition was organized in 2001 by a group of community leaders etc • The coalition has conducted numerous projects including workshops and health fairs … provide detail.
III. Problem Statement/Rationale • Childhood obesity is an increasing problem throughout the US. • A study at the Tull Waters Elementary School showed that 25% of the boys and 35% of the girls were obese or overweight. • Neither the parents nor the children have had an opportunity to learn about good nutrition. • There are few opportunities for children to get exercise after school.
PROJECT BACKGROUNDExercise: Create a background statement for your proposal. • How would you describe your organization? • What population does or will your organization serve? • Describe how your organization is capable or prepared to mount the proposed program.