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Title: The Plus 50 Initiative Grant Writing 101


1
The Plus 50 InitiativeGrant Writing 101
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • Funded with a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Presented by
  • Karen Norris, Grants Manager
  • Montgomery College, Maryland

2
Presentation Overview
  • Writing Context AACC Plus 50 Initiative
  • Writing Context Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Writing Context Community College
  • Grant Writing for Success
  • A Few Words About Partners
  • Sustainability

3
I. Writing and Context AACC The Plus 50
Initiative
  • Re-wired
  • Re-hired
  • Re-inspired

4
II. Writing and Context Atlantic
Philanthropies Lasting Change
  • we support efforts to make systemic and
    lasting change through new laws, policies, and
    programmes. We believe in the power of advocacy
    by the people who will benefit by it. Atlantic
    seeks to strengthen leaders and institutions,
    because doing so is the best insurance of a
    vibrant movement for social equality and justice
    that will endure long after we have made our last
    grant.
  • Gara LaMarche, President and CEO, on behalf of
  • Charles Chuck Feeney, Founder
  • Photo Credit Atlantic Philanthropies

5
III. Writing and Context Community College
Mission and Impact
  • Do you know your Colleges mission statement?
  • The students' education is the first priority at
    Cape Cod Community College.
  • Central Florida Community College offers
    educational opportunities which are accessible,
    affordable and high quality.
  • Century College inspires, prepares, and empowers
    students to succeed in a changing world.
  • What are national trends for community colleges?
  • What is your projects potential impact?

6
IV. Grant Writing for Success
Why Pursue Grants?
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Benefits and Risks
  • Benefits
  • Grants support programs through new opportunities
    and resources
  • Grants cultivate partnerships and endorsements
  • Risks
  • Grants are competitive
  • Grants generate additional responsibilities

8
What is the Purpose of the Grant?
  • Before you begin writing, think about context,
    priorities, needs, impact, and sustainability.
  • Share your thoughts with leadership and gain
    approval to pursue your project.

9
The Writing Begins Priorities and Selection
Criteria
  • Read the grant guidelines
  • Find the defined purpose of the program
  • Find the list of criteria that will be scored
  • Base your narrative outline on the priorities and
    selection criteria

10
Federal Grants
  • Funding Priorities
  • Absolute
  • Competitive
  • Invitational

11
Federal GrantsInvestigate for Scoring Methods
  • Selection Criteria
  • Purpose
  • Extent of need
  • Plan of operation
  • Quality of key personnel
  • Budget and cost effectiveness
  • Evaluation plan
  • Adequacy of resources

12
Purpose _____________________
  • Meet the needs of the authorizing statute
  • Address the absolute priorities
  • Correlate the grantors purpose to the proposed
    project
  • Focus on anticipated outcomes

13
Extent of Need
  • Include local statistics and data
  • Correlate the local data to national data
  • Conduct a needs assessment or SWOT analysis
    (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)
  • Describe the need for Plus 50 programs on your
    community college campus

14
Plan of Operation
  • Goals and objectives
  • Activities
  • Methods or strategies
  • Timeline
  • Management plan

15
Sample Objective
  • We will create a new math computer lab that
    includes the latest software designed to help
    students learn college algebra. (assumes that
    learning will take place)
  • Or
  • Students enrolled in college algebra in the Fall
    2010 term who successfully complete 30 hours of
    computer-based academic support in the new math
    lab will reflect a course completion rate 10
    higher than a comparable cohort of students who
    do not have access to the lab. (documents that
    learning takes place)
  • Which objective sounds more worthy of funding?

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Quality of Key Personnel
  • Quality is key. Who is responsible for
    implementation? What qualifications and prior
    experience do they bring to the project? Think
    about sustainability.
  • What percentage of
  • tuition supports
  • positions?

17
Budget and Cost Effectiveness
  • A good budget does more than add correctly. The
    budget should be large enough to accomplish the
    proposed objectives and activities, but it should
    be cost-effective and reasonable.
  • Is your project a good investment?
  • Are there existing resources to support costs?
  • Do requested costs match the narrative?
  • Will the investment of funds make a difference?

18
Evaluation
  • What will be evaluated?
  • Who will be responsible for the evaluation?
  • What methods will ensure timely collection of
    data?
  • What instruments will be used?
  • Is there base-line data?
  • Are pre- and post-tests feasible?
  • Should surveys, interviews, and meeting records
    be used?
  • Is IRB approval required?
  • Is a third-party evaluator required?

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Adequacy of Resources
  • What can be contributed toward the project? Are
    classrooms available, computers, Internet,
    faculty, a finance office or grant accountants,
    libraries, scholarships? Are these resources
    still available once the project has ended?

20
Federal GrantsWhat Else is Included in a
Proposal?
  • Federal proposals have four basic components (1)
    cover page and other forms, (2) narrative, (3)
    budget, and
  • (4) appendices.

21
Federal Reviewer Score Sheet
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Searching for Public Grants
  • www.grants.gov
  • Individual agency websites such as the US
    Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health
    and Human Services (including NIH, CDC,
    Administration on Aging, National Institute on
    Aging)
  • State agency websites
  • Local government websites

23
Corporate Foundation Grants
  • Private funders can offer an appropriate
    alternative for grant seeking.

24
Foundation Grants
  • Foundations often require a Letter of Inquiry
    (LOI) or preliminary application
  • Standard application form
  • Descriptive letter

25
Letter of Inquiry-Preliminary Application
  • Preliminary applications usually include
  • Purpose of grant
  • Statement of need
  • Population served
  • Amount requested with itemized budget
  • Strategy to secure full funding (in-kind
    support)
  • Plan of action including milestones and target
    dates
  • Evaluation plan
  • Some foundations also request
  • Annual report
  • Most recent financial statement
  • Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) Letter
  • List of Board of Directors/Trustees

26
Searching for Private Grants
  • Resources for private funding include
  • Foundation Center at www.foundationcenter.org
  • Regional Area Grantmakers (RAGs) at
    www.givingforum.org
  • Local Community Foundations at
    www.communityfoundations.net
  • Council on Foundations at www.cof.org
  • Professional Associations
  • Corporate Foundations

27
A Few Words About Partners
  • Most large initiatives benefit from the
    participation of partner organizations or
    collaborators. What happens beyond termination of
    the project period?

28
The Concept of Sustainability
  • Lasting change
  • Impact
  • Long-term outcomes

29
Beyond the Project Period
  • Sample language
  • While all the objectives of the project strive
    to build capacity, it is important to develop
    with purpose an initiative that will be sustained
    over time. Several factors contribute to the
    sustainability of the program. The level of
    support may not replace 100 of the grantor
    contribution however, sustainable components
    include 1) the relationships forged among
    community college, four-year institutions of
    higher education, business, county, and military
    partners 2) the business community networks
    created 3) the project infrastructure including
    existing college faculty, leadership, and
    courses 4) the knowledge gained through the
    extensive outreach efforts and 5) the
    development and refinement of curriculum and
    course offerings.

30
Thank You for Participating
  • In Summary
  • Think about purpose and priorities.
  • Remember to address context.
  • Gain approval of your idea with leadership.
  • Search for the selection criteria in the grant
  • guidelines and make an outline for your
    narrative.
  • Plan your program with sustainability in mind.
  • Best wishes for continued success.

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AACC
  • Leading advocate for the nations community
    colleges for more then 80 years.
  • 95 of all public two-year colleges are members
    of AACC.
  • Represents 1,195 community colleges with close to
    12 million students annually.
  • AACC is the voice for the largest and most
    diverse sector of U.S. higher education.

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For More Information
  • http//Plus50.aacc.nche.edu

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Presenter Grantwriting 101
  • Karen Norris
  • Grants Manager
  • Montgomery College
  • 900 Hungerford Drive Suite 254
  • Rockville, Maryland 20850
  • 240-567-4028 phone
  • 240-567-7314 fax
  • karen.norris_at_montgomerycollege.edu

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