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Title: Writing a Winning Grant Proposal

Writing a Winning Grant Proposal
  • Grant Writing
  • Support
  • For CDCUs
  • June 2004

Writing a Winning Grant Proposal
  • ABCs of Grant Writing
  • Role of a Grant Writer
  • How the Federation Can Help

A-B-Cs of Grant Writing
  • Problem
  • define it!
  • Plan
  • design it!
  • Proposal
  • write it!

Before you begin
  • Ask What if we win?
  • Meet your commitments
  • Win tomorrows money by impressing todays donors
  • No Surprises
  • Involve responsible staff early and often
  • Teamwork
  • Use project design to build a sense of team
  • Communication
  • Solicit feedback on drafts and outlines

A. Problem
  • What problem are we trying to address?
  • Who is most affected?
  • What evidence do we have?
  • What are our key assumptions about the cause of
    this problem? (take note of your assumptions even
    if they are not all stated in your proposal)

B. Plan
  • What will we do?
  • How does our plan address the problem?
  • Why do we know we can succeed?
  • Why we are the right ones to do this
  • Organizational and individual experience
  • Capacity to address new challenges
  • How will we measure success?
  • Long-Term Goal What difference in 5 10 years?
  • Short-Term Goal 1 year? 3 years?

C. Proposal
  • Executive Summary
  • Problem Statement
  • Project Plan
  • Budget
  • Organizational Information
  • Conclusion
  • Attachments

Federal Grant Writing
  • Rapidly changing with increased use of on-line
  • Improved access to application materials
  • Increased need for technological infrastructure
  • Tighter restrictions on proposal content
  • Increased use of numerical measures for
    evaluating applications
  • More difficult to describe quality of program in
    terms of results that cannot easily be counted

Role of Grant Writer
  • Bridge builder
  • Understand the business goals of applicant
  • Translator
  • Turn complex business into common sense
  • Story Teller
  • Remember audience
  • Connect project to compelling concerns
  • Solve problems and answer questions
  • Team Member
  • Constant connection with responsible staff

Cost CompetenceChoosing a Grant Writer
  • CDCU Managers, Staff Volunteers
  • Need to balance with operational responsibilities
  • Fiscal Agent or Community Partner
  • Often an effective collaboration
  • Community College or University
  • Low cost
  • May have steep learning curve
  • Consultants
  • CDCU Network
  • Community Development contacts

Federation Fundraising Help
  • Direct Investment through Capitalization Program
  • Technical Assistance for CDFI Applications
  • Brian Gately (bgately_at_cdcu.coop)
  • Grant Writing Assistance
  • Terry Ratigan (tratigan_at_cdcu.coop)

Federation Help with Other Funding Opportunities
  • Member Alerts
  • Collaborative, Umbrella Funding Proposals
  • Individual Assistance

What You Can Do
  • Have a plan
  • Identify sources of funding
  • Learn from wins and losses
  • Learn from others
  • Look for partners
  • Protect your plan
  • Dont be donor-driven or you may get lost only
    you know how to get to where youre going

Good luck!
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